Ahead of Chesterfield’s local derby clash against Notts County at the Proact on Saturday, John Sheridan spoke of how the Spireites’ fortunes are beginning to change but acknowledged there is still a long way to go.
Sheridan said: “I know that lately our run hasn’t been too bad but looking at the whole season I can’t be stupid, I’m not naïve.
"But I feel as if we are getting better, we have a bigger understanding of how we want to play and our positional awareness. I just want everyone competing for places.
"I’m leaving a lot of players out, I want people pushing each other.
"It’s about pushing each other and wanting to stay in the team, if we are playing well and winning games it makes my job easier. I do think it’s becoming more of a settled side.”
All eyes and cameras are on Saturday’s game and the Spireites boss believes players and fans should embrace the pressure and huge atmosphere the game will be played in.
“They’ve got good players and they’re a strong outfit. We’ve got to compete with them," said Sheridan.
"They’ve been playing different systems and they will come with experience and a big following, but these are the games you want to play in.
“If I was a player I’d love to play in that kind of atmosphere. If we can get a good result against, I think, the best team in the league it will be a good stepping stone.
“They’re a club similar to ourselves, they should never be in this league. They’re a very good team and will be in and around promotion at the end of the season.
“But it’s about us and about my players getting over that line and knowing their jobs and what they’re doing. Most importantly how to get the best out of each other. I do believe on our day we are as good as anyone in the league."
The 70th birthday of Chesterfield legend Ernie Moss will be celebrated on Saturday with a minutes applause on 70 minutes, Sheridan gave his say on the occasion.
“He had successful times when he was here, a real top player. He’s a legend here so I always respect older generation players, I could listen to them talk all day.
“I call them proper players back then, you had to stick up for yourself and he was a proper handful. He’s well renowned here, an old-fashioned centre forward that if you played against him you’d know you’re in a game.
“You had to be a proper man back in them days, he’s a legend here. The fans will appreciate the work he did here, I have a lot of respect for him.”
Sheridan confirmed there are no new injury concerns adding: “Everyone is fit and available apart from (David) Buchanan who needs a game or two but is back training. It’s only (Sam) Wedgebury who is out for four weeks but we thought it was much longer.”