John Sheridan has signed just four players since he came in – a trio of loanees, two of them teenagers, and striker Scott Boden – and won eight games from 14 to lift Chesterfield clear of the drop zone, the Derbyshire Times report.

Sheridan explained why there were no further additions on deadline day.

“Possibly when I first came in I would have five,” he said. “But when I looked at the squad when I came in, there were good players there, good experience.

“I think obviously the striker position was the main focus where I wanted change. Other than that there was a lot of players here.

“I thought to myself will I get them out, but the most important thing for me was bringing one or two in if I could, I’d have liked four or five but at the end of the day I don’t think I really needed them.

“I wanted to get the players on board with what I wanted to do, pat everyone on the back and get a smile on their face.”

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