CHESTERFIELD are up, but you wouldn’t have thought so in the immediate aftermath of the home defeat against Bury.
Whilst Shakers celebrated promotion, Chesterfield’s players had the look of a relegation threatened team as they slinked off the pitch and into the dressing rooms.
With two matches to go, two wins will guarantee the league leaders the title, but John Sheridan knows he’ll have to lift his players for Friday’s game at Torquay United.
He said: “We never really got started, I think the occasion got to one or two of them. We weren’t on the front foot and we looked really edgy in the first half. In the second half we gave it a real go and at 2-2 I thought we were going to go and win it.”
Bury’s goals all came courtesy of some lax home defending and Sheridan added: “I’ve always said that if you go higher up the league and you make mistakes, you’re going to get punished and that’s what we’ve got to learn and it’s why I’m always giving instructions, telling them what to do all of the time. We need leaders on the pitch.”
Following the trip to Torquay, who slipped out of the play-off zone on Monday, the Spireites host Gillingham, who replaced them in the top seven. Bury, two points behind Chesterfield having won six on the bounce, host fourth-placed Wycombe on Saturday and then travel to sixth placed Stevenage in their final game.