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Togwell Keen To Bounce Back

19 August 2012

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Chesterfield midfielder Sam Togwell is hoping his new side can bounce back with a win against Rochdale on Tuesday evening, after the Spireites suffered a 1-0 defeat against AFC Wimbledon on the opening day of the season.

John Sheridan's side dominated the first-half in sweltering conditions at the Cherry Red Records Stadium but were made to pay for missing a glut of decent opportunities when Dons' hitman Jack Midson latched onto a long punt forward to net the game's only goal.

The former Scunthorpe man was joined in the Spireites' engine room by youngster Mark Randall, but in spite of impressing when the visitors were in the ascendency, Togwell admitted it was difficult for the pair to get Chesterfield back on level terms.

"We should never have lost that game after the first half an hour," Togwell said after the game.

"That's the most disappointing thing, because they had one long ball, one chance and scored one goal and then straight away, our backs were against the wall and we were trying to get a result.

"The pressure was non-stop but fair-play to them because they withstood it, but on another day it could have been 4-0.

"They changed formation to stop us," he added.

"They put three in midfield, which made it hard for me and Rands to get on the ball and make tackles because there was a spare man and we had to adjust to it.

"But the sucker-punch was the goal and from then on we were chasing the game, which in this heat is not an easy thing to do."

The Spireites endured mixed fortunes against the Dale last season, suffering a 3-2 defeat to Steve Eyre's side at Spotland in the first round of the League Cup, before bringing back a point from Greater Manchester in October after Gary Jones equalised following Craig Westcarr's first-half strike.

Rochdale, however, were to be relegated at the B2Net Stadium after Scott Boden and Danny Whitaker both scored late goals to send John Coleman's side down and ultimately prolong the agony for Spireites fans for one more week.

And Togwell, who played against Rochdale whilst he was at Glanford Park, is confident we can bounce back on Tuesday evening.

"Their keeper made a couple of great saves and on another day, they would have been dead and buried inside half an hour and it would have been damage limitation," he contined.

"But we've got to move on, luckily we've got a game on Tuesday to bounce back and get a result.

"The reason I came here was because I genuinely believe we can get promotion whether that be through the top three, or play-offs.

"We are disappointed, but it is only us that can put it right. We'll go out there on Tuesday and put in a good account of ourselves and if we get a chance, put it in the back of the net.

"They're always a tough team to play against. I've played against them twice in my career and it'll be a tough game."

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