Sheridan praise for champions

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Boss John Sheridan saluted his Chesterfield side after they wrapped up a stunning season in style by beating Gillingham 3-1 to clinch the League Two title.

Danny Whitaker's 15th goal of the season in the 54th minute put the hosts in front and although Cody McDonald replied, Jack Lester and Deane Smalley pounced late on to get the party started at the b2net Stadium.

Sheridan said: "I am especially pleased for the players, they have done everything we have asked of them. Not one player has given me a problem all season, everything we have asked them to try to do they have taken on board and given it a go."

Success is fully deserved for the Spireites who will now be playing League One football next season having occupied top spot every week barring one since early October.

Sheridan added: "Winning the league means you are remembered more than if you just win promotion and the players deserve to be remembered.

"It is a very evenly matched league and we don't always get the credit at this level for the quality of football that's played."

He added: "We will enjoy the occasion but I do want to strengthen the side and I have one or two decisions to make. I want to bring in one or two players to continue upgrading the quality because this is an ambitious club and we want to continue the progress we have made."

In contrast to Chesterfield`s celebrations, defeat ended Gillingham`s hopes of a play-off place. But boss Andy Hessenthaler looked at the bigger picture and refused to put his side`s disappointment down to this result alone, while also looking ahead to next season.

He said: "First part of the season we had to do better but, from November onwards, we got into promotion form and went on a fantastic run and it's only been in the last four games that we've let it slip away.

"It's disappointing but, like the chairman said, the hard work starts now. We will sit down and look where we go next season."

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