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MANAGER: It's the best chance we have of getting to Wembley

John Sheridan ahead of tonight's Checkatrade Trophy game

13 November 2018

Manager John Sheridan confirmed today that he’ll be looking to win tonight’s final Group A Checkatrade Trophy fixture against the Stoke City under-21 side with progression to the knock-out stages a priority.

“The Checkatrade Trophy is our best chance of getting to a cup final, so we’ll be going into the game tonight trying to win it,” he said. “I told the players on Saturday that I want to win this game as much as I wanted to win that one at Crewe.

“If Stoke win they qualify, and we also need to win to qualify, so it will be a good game. They’ll put a strong team out with a couple of experienced players in there, but we’ll be playing as strong a team as we can and looking to do the job.”

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“Like I say, I’ll be playing as strong a team as I can. There are one or two who have picked up niggles, so we’ll take a look at that before we make a final decision.

“Jamie Devitt got a dead leg on his calf at the weekend, and Anthony Gerrard picked up the same, so we’ll see how people are.”

“I’m realistic and I know this competition is the best chance we have of getting to Wembley. I’m fortunate to have won this competition as a manager and it’s another one which can earn you a few quid.

“It’s something I’ll take very seriously and hopefully it’ll be an entertaining game.”

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