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Sheridan eyes Wembley return

31 August 2016

John Sheridan hopes to replicate the achievements of his Football League Trophy-winning Chesterfield side at Meadow Lane this season.

Notts face Hartlepool United in the Checkatrade Trophy, a rebranded and reworked version of its predecessor the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

The Magpies have been placed in Group F alongside Pools, Rochdale and Sunderland - with their only home match of this stage taking place against Craig Hignett's men tomorrow night (7.45pm).

And Sheridan, whose Chesterfield side beat Swindon to win the competition in 2012, is determined to guide his players to victory tomorrow night to improve their chances of a Wembley visit.

He said: "I take every game very seriously – the players will tell you that – so I want to get there again. I’m sure every manager would wish they could go and manage a team in a cup final.

"When you’re walking out at Wembley it doesn’t matter what cup final it is. There were 60,000 people there and it was a great experience for the players.

"Some people like it, some people don’t – but it’s what I feel is our best chance of winning a cup and getting a day out for the supporters at Wembley.

"I’ve been there and won it and it’s something I’ll remember."

It's no surprise, therefore, that Sheridan plans to field a strong side tomorrow - although he does see the match as an opportunity to give certain members of his squad some much-needed game-time.

He said: "It enables me to make one or two changes, but we’re going to try and win the game. Whatever team we put out is going to be strong.

"With the rulings and the Premier League teams coming into the competition it makes it a little bit different, but it’s football. If I were a player I’d want to be playing in any game."

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