REACTION: Sheridan admits Spirerites first half was one of worst of his career

John Sheridan was disappointed by the Spirerites first half performance in their 2-2 draw with Barrow.

Chesterfield found themselves two goals down after 25 minutes before Scott Boden’s penalty and Mike Fondop’s 80th minute equaliser secured the Spireites their first home point.

Sheridan was very critical of how his side played during the first half and believed that they were lucky to only be two goals down.

He said: “We were abysmal in the first half, it’s honestly one of the worst performances of any side I’ve managed, were lucky it wasn’t 5-0.

“I start by looking at myself and questioning whether I picked the right team, obviously not because of that first half performance.

“I can understand the supporters being upset, even if it is only six games into the season because the way we played looked as if we’d never kicked a ball or trained together.”

Chesterfield seemed much improved in the second half after bringing on Joe Rowley on at half-time and Josef Yarney and Jonathan Smith shortly after.

Sheridan was delighted with the performance from his changes and felt that his side could have stolen all three points in the second half.

Sheridan said: “As a manager you pick a team that you think will win you the game, unfortunately I didn’t pick the right team in the first half so it’s a great reaction from Yarney, Rowley and Smith.

“They’ve shown grit and desire to try and get something from the game and I think in the second half we were the better team and we were looking to win the game, but it wasn’t to be.”

Jay Sheridan was handed his Chesterfield debut by his father but was substituted at half-time after a poor performance.

Sheridan admitted that his son, Jay, struggled in the game but was insistent that he wasn’t just in the side because of blood.

“He found it difficult, obviously I’m his Dad but he has shown in training that he has deserved a start and my staff told me to give him a start.

“Hopefully he’ll stand up and be strong with it, things didn’t go his way and that’s part and parcel of being a footballer, when things don’t go your way you have to stay strong,” he stated.

The Spirerites will travel to Stockport County on Monday as they continue to search for their first win of the season.

Sheridan knows that the game will be difficult for his side, but he expects them to work hard and give their all in the game.

He said: “It’s going to be a very tough game, we’ve got to be working our socks off and believing in ourselves if we are going to get anything.

“This is a very tough league and it’s simply not enough to just turn up, you have to work hard and earn your points.”

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