Sheridan optimistic ahead of Spireites' season opener

Chesterfield boss John Sheridan says he wants his players to believe they are capable of achieving promotion this season, as the Spireites gear up to face Dover at home in the first game of the season.

In today's pre-match press conference, Sheridan spoke about his ambitions to get the club back into the football league, competition in midfield and in the goalkeeping department, hopes of making more additions to his squad, defender Anthony Gerrard's hamstring injury and what he made of tomorrow's opponents:

"This is what we all lead up to during pre season. It's been tough but the lads have worked really hard. You're always looking forward to the first game of the season, it's where the proper stuff starts and you're obviously looking for something out of the game.

"At this moment in time I still feel we're strong enough to compete in this league. I don't underestimate the challenge. I think it is tougher than last season. I think the teams that have come into it, Yeovil, Torquay, Stockport and one or two others are going to make it a tougher league so we look forward to it and we've got to believe in ourselves that we're going to have a successful season.

"We've got to stick together and have the belief that over the 46 games we're going to be up and around where we want to be which is trying to get out of this league. It's important our home form has got to be strong. We've got to try and win as many games as we can at home. Every game is going to be difficult."


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