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Sheridan: “It Was A Great Battling Performance.”

29 March 2016

Manager John Sheridan believed his side fully deserved the three points against his former club Chesterfield yesterday.

Mike Jones’ only goal of the game on 79 minutes was the difference between the two sides and Sheridan admitted his side were full value for their victory. 

He said: "It was a great battling performance and it’s about what you get at the end of it and we fully deserved the three points. It was a good workmanlike performance. 

"I’ve said it before, I’d love to pass the ball but it’s difficult. We were the better team in the first half. Their goalkeeper has been involved a lot more than ours has and I thought we kept going and pushing on leading up to the goal. 

"It was nervy in the last 10 minutes of the game. They were throwing balls in the box and we were a bit edgy clearing things but it’s a massive win for us so full credit to the players.”

Jones’ goal is only his third goal of the season, and he has now provided a selection headache for the gaffer.

“I said to him when he went on to prove to me that I made the wrong decision to leave him out,” he commented. 

“I thought him and Winchester did well but I had Chesterfield watched on Saturday and I feel that the team I started with would have caused them problems. 

"I don’t drop players, it’s a squad and I like when a player comes off the bench and it’s good he’s given me a problem. He scored a great goal but it’s about the team and not individuals.”

The win did come at a cost, however, as loanees Aaron Amadi-Holloway and Timmy Thiele were forced off with concerning injuries. 

“I’m not sure what Aaron has done yet,” Sheridan admitted. “We know he’s done his ankle but we’ll have to assess him and Timmy’s shoulder popped out so that’s a sore one. 

"We’ll have to assess them and see. Fortunately for us we are not playing next week so it enables them more time to get back.”

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