Sheridan searches for missing link

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As Spireites prepare to visit unbeaten MK Dons, manager John Sheridan is trying to find the winning formula.

A single point from three league games and a defeat in the Carling Cup has heaped a whole load of reality on last season’s goal-happy League Two Champions. Sheridan’s first problem is to prevent goal leakage. On the Preston defeat he said: “I’m disappointed with the goals we conceded. Preston had opportunities to score more but a big part of it was down to us. A lack of concentration and individual mistakes created problems. The second goal killed us as a team, but we were trying to do the right things. We just didn’t have that cutting edge. We’ll stay together and work hard.”

The recruitment of tall French winger Alex Mendy will boost the squad ahead of the trip to MK. But it’s the lack of frontmen capable of holding the ball up as well as scoring that will be concentrating Sheridan’s mind. The squad is three or four short of being capable of competing in the upper echelons of League One and a trip to one of last season’s play-off teams is a daunting prospect. However the return to full fitness of midfielder Jamie Lowry will boost Spireites. He could be in line for a start on Saturday.