Date: 21st August 2011 at 9:18pm
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Having seen the need for new signings made clear by Saturday`s hammering at the hands of MK Dons, John Sheridan may welcome the prospect of a blank week for Chesterfield after their League Cup exit leaves them without a game until next Saturday.

That should give his shell-shocked defenders time to recover from a second-half mauling in Milton Keynes and also give the manager time to wheel and deal in the transfer market.

Sheridan has been warning since before the start of the season that the better quality of teams and players in League One would cause his side problems and that was shown in full on Saturday as the Dons, who reached the play-offs last season, netted six goals from only eight attempts on target.

The occasional beating is in occupational hazard when stepping up a level but the manner of the defeat will have hurt the manager, who accused his team of ‘playing in patches` after the game, something Chesterfield may have got away with last season but will not in League One.

Next weekend brings a long trip to face an Exeter City side who have also started the season slowly and who may be distracted by their midweek fixture, a League Cup clash with Liverpool.