MANAGER John Sheridan is reasonably pleased with Chesterfield’s opening to their pre-season programme but knows his defence needs to tighten up.
In three games he has watched his side score 13 times but, worryingly, concede four.
He said: “Every manager will say at this stage that it’s about getting your fitness, getting run-outs for the players. Training is completely different to playing matches.
“You look really sharp sometimes when you’re running and doing pre-season but then when games come along you look lethargic.
“It’s all about getting your fitness and getting used to team patterns, people putting you under pressure, getting fit and keeping fit. If we do all of that I think we’ll be okay.”
Sheridan confirmed that his main worry isn’t about scoring.
“I think we’ve got players in the team who will score goals from different areas of the pitch,” he said.
“But, obviously, you’ve got to keep the ball out of the back of the net and we’ve got to work hard on that and make things as hard as possible for the opposition.
“We haven’t done much of that (in training) so it’s been about giving everyone a run-out, playing some football, but as we lead up to the first game I won’t be making so many changes. .”
Chesterfield’s opening competitive fixture is at home to Ronnie Moore’s League One Tranmere Rovers in the Capital One Cup in two weeks.
The manager hopes key defenders Neal Trotman and Nathan Smith, who’ve not yet featured, will have had some game time before then.
The Spireites’ next friendly is on Friday night at Alfreton Town.