The job’s only half done for Spireites boss

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With half of their fixtures played, Chesterfield are riding high, five points clear at the top of the League Two table.

Manager John Sheridan though refuses to get carried away.

Pragmatic as ever he said: “We’re in a position where we want to be, but it’s only halfway through the season. We’ve got to make sure we keep going as we can only go one way at the moment, so we need to work even harder, and I’ll make sure we do.

“I’ve got a great group of players. They all get on with each other. It’s a great dressing room and that’s very important. We’ll try and win as many games as we can and get to where we want to be, all together.”

Having made the decision to leave out Deane Smalley, man of the match in the win at Southend, the manager confirmed: “Deane will play at Shrewsbury. He’s got a bit of confidencme but I’m not afraid to make changes. I don’t like swapping and changing too much but I do it for the benefit of the team.

“He was our best player at Southend and it was difficult to leave him out. He came on for 15 minutes against Stevenage and looked sharp again. I’ve got a strong enough squad, there are 17 or 18 players who could all play in my first team and that can only be good. Strength wise, we look good.”

Chesterfield, who face seven of their next nine games away from home, travel to a fast- fading Shrewsbury Town. Top of the table early on, Graham Turner’s side have slipped out of the play-off picture with just one win in their last eight games, during which they’ve picked up just eight points.