Pat on back for hot-shot Talbot

Chesterfield v Stevenage
Chesterfield v Stevenage
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Drew Talbot was handed a plaudit by John Sheridan following his match-winning performance against Stevenage.

Talbot netted the vital goal in the 1-0 triumph and also collected the man of the match award.

Chesterfield FC manager Sheridan gave Talbot a big pat on the back for his winning goal and praised his displays over the season.

He said: “Drew has done really well and he deserves credit. It was a sweet strike into the bottom corner. He has been our most consistent player this season.’’

Talbot gave an impressive display on the right wing, tormenting the Stevenage defence, and the vital breakthrough came just before half time when he cut in from the right and beat Boro keeper Chris Day with an excellent left-foot shot that flew in at the near post from the edge of the area.

Sheridan was delighted with the victory over the Hertfordshire side which knocked Premier League Newcastle United out of the FA Cup with a 3-1 verdict the previous weekend.

He said: “They are a big and physical side and they made life difficult for us but we battered them in the the first half.

“We had one or two edgy moments but Tommy Lee made a couple of excellent saves.’’

The victory maintained Chesterfield’s five-point cushion at the top of League Two.

The previous week, the Blues won 3-2 at Southend where man of the match was scorer Deane Smalley.

Smalley was relegated to the bench for the visit of Stevenage and Sheridan shed light on his team selection decisions.

He said: “I’m not a big believer in change and Smalley will play at Shrewsbury.

“Craig Davies who has scored 15 goals went back in as did Jack Lester. If you put those names on the team sheet, the opposition knows it is in for a game.

“I will make changes. People have to stay nice and bright and it will keep them on their toes. And I’ve got to be happy with the result.’’

Sheridan has told his players to make the most of their time at the top of League Two.

He said: “I’ve told the lads to enjoy it and go and have a drink and walk around as if they were 6ft 2in tall. They deserve it. We have a tough six or seven weeks coming up.’’

Following the match at Shrewsbury on Saturday, Chesterfield have a long trip south on Tuesday evening when they are due to play the re-arranged game at Gillingham.

Initially the match was scheduled to take place in mid-December but was postponed because of the Arctic weather.

Heavy snowfall and travel congestion on roads meant the team coach took over 14 hours to get home to north Derbyshire.