Macclesfield Town await John Sheridan’s troops for tomorrow’s next friendly.
The Silkmen fared well last season under Gary Simpson and he and his assistant, Chesterfield-born ex-Spireite Glyn Chamberlain, will be ideal opponents at this stage of the build-up. A host of Chesterfield sides have struggled to do well at Moss Rose in previous seasons in league and cup matches and the Cheshire side will be battling to keep up their solid home record.
While fitness will still be at the heart of Sheridan’s thinking, he’ll start considering team shape and be working towards selecting the right 11 to take on Tranmere Rovers in the season’s opener.
A devout 4-4-2 believer, Sheridan has done a bit of experimenting with 4-3-3 in the build-up to date and he may well select the latter formation more often in away games in League One.
Players like Jamie Lowry, Dean Morgan, Danny Whitaker, Mark Randall and Drew Talbot can all play the wide roles in such a formation, supporting a single striker, so fans are waiting to see if the manager adds that system on a more regular basis to his armoury.
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