CHESTERFIELD: Too many long balls for angry John Sheridan

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Spireites boss John Sheridan was seething after his side’s extra team cup defeat against Tranmere Rovers.

He fumed: “I wasn’t happy. I thought Tranmere were a lot better than us. We just didn’t really get going, I thought we were fortunate to go in at the break at 0-0.”

Chesterfield improved when Jack Lester and Jordan Bowery came off the bench and the manager added: “Jack got himself involved and did what he’s good at and I thought we were a bit more of a threat then but we weren’t at the races.

“It was the first game of the season on a lovely pitch to play football on but we just didn’t get going.

“I don’t mind playing poorly, but I’d like us to at least have a go at playing the way I want us to play.

“There were too many long balls for me, no-one was being brave enough to try and get on the ball and get us going and that was disappointing.

“I’ll accept sometimes you’re not going to play well, but at least try the things that we’re trying to teach.”

Sam Hird suffered a calf problem, but Sheridan hopes it isn’t too serious and it’ is likely the central defender will be available for the first ever trip to AFC Wimbledon at the weekend.