This is for the fans, now let’s stay in League One

Enjoying the moment: Spireites boss John Sheridan celebrates his team's JPT victory at Wembley yesterday.             Picture: steve ellis
Enjoying the moment: Spireites boss John Sheridan celebrates his team's JPT victory at Wembley yesterday. Picture: steve ellis

JOHN Sheridan said he would trade in Chesterfield’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy (JPT) glory for retaining their League One status.

An own goal by Oliver Risser and a late strike from Craig Westcarr saw the Spireites beat Paolo Di Canio’s Swindon Town in the JPT final at Wembley yesterday.

But Sheridan, who led the club to the League Two title last season, insists he is more concerned about beating the drop than securing silverware.

Chesterfield are bottom of the league and are eight points shy of safety.

Sheridan said: “I will enjoy it (the win) but I will not get carried away. It is a day for the supporters. It is a trophy and it is a great achievement.

“But in my mind, I’m desperate to stay in the division. I think we are good enough. It is going to be difficult but we have to believe that we can do it.”

He added: “I would sacrifice yesterday to stay up. If we had won all the games we have won in the JPT, we would be safe now. I would have taken a loss to stay up. Definitely.”