Sheridan ponders change of policy after defeat

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Manager John Sheridan had a simple message after Chesterfield’s 10-game unbeaten run ended at Burton.

Ahead of the trip to promotion hopefuls Bury tonight, the manager said: “We need to stay positive, we’re still top of the league.”

However, the boss is evaluating his rotation policy. “I’ll look at myself and ask: ‘should I pick my best 11?’,” he said.

“I’ve said before I’ve got 16 or 17 players who can all play and results we’ve picked up when I’ve changed the side have been good.

“It’s all great when you’re winning. But if we’d juste got the result we wanted at Burton (on Friday), it would have been a great lift with all the teams playing on Saturday and only Shrewsbury winning.”

Sheridan says he didn’t blast the players too much after the reversal: “I could say some things to the players, I could get cross with one or two, or with the team, but will that get me anywhere? We’re doing all right at the moment.

“We’re in a healthy position, but we need to look at ourselves performance wise over the last four games.

“We don’t want to ruin what, so far, is a good season by just being nearly there. We’re nearly doing this and nearly doing that and things just aren’t going our way at the moment. We need to show character. We’ll lose more games before the end of the season.”

Dwayne Mattis (calf) is doubtful but Jack Lester (virus) is set to return.

Spireites have re-signed Crystal Palace winger Kieran Djilali, 20, on a month’s emergency loan. He goes straight into the squad at Bury, covering for the ankle injury to Dean Morgan. Djilali had a successful spell on loan at Saltergate last season and has featured regularly for Palace.