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Sheridan on FA Cup tie

18 October 2019

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Ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup fixture against Wrexham, John Sheridan began the pre-match press conference by explaining that the Spireites’ strong work ethic earnt them the victory over the same opponents on Tuesday night.

“The result is the most important thing,” he said.

“We worked hard against a good footballing side, I know they’re down there but I expect them to get out of it.

“Our resilience and our work ethic got us the result.

“It was a fortunate goal on our part but we’ll take it and we got that advantage of going a goal up and it gives something for you to hold onto.

“We’ve just got to try to keep winning games and see where it will take us.”

Jay Sheridan has started the last two matches and has been receiving praise for his displays against Fylde and Wrexham.

The Chesterfield boss explained that he’s pleased to see the left back’s progression over the last couple of weeks and claimed that he’s earnt his place in the starting line-up.

“He’s done well,” put forward the manager.

“He’s a young player who is learning the game and he’s in there on merit.

“Whilst he’s doing well he’s got a chance of staying in the side.

“There are lots to improve on but hopefully he can carry on and he’ll keep learning.”

The FA Cup has always been a competition that Spireites fans look at fondly after the incredible run to the semi-final back in 1997 and Sheridan stated that it’s imperative for his team to go as far as they can this year, by saying: “It’s massively important to us.

“There’s always that excitement of trying to get a big team in the latter stages.

“We know the importance and Wrexham is probably one of the toughest games we could have got.

“I expect a really tough game but we're at home and I’d like us to build on the last two games.

“They are in a false position and you could see the other night that they have quality in places.

“I don’t expect them to be down at the bottom of the table for long.”

The manager also gave an injury update and reported that Anthony Spyrou is back fit after picking up a knock against Fylde. However, Sheridan added that Laurence Maguire is still unavailable and so is David Buchanan even though the left-back has returned to training.

“Buchs is back training and Anthony Spyrou is back,” said Sheridan.

“Laurence isn’t back yet.

“It’s too early for Buchs.”

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