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Randy Issues Rallying Cry

2 December 2012

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Chesterfield playmaker Mark Randall has issued a rallying cry to the rest of League Two, insisting the Spireites are capable of beating anyone.

Paul Cook's side were unfortunate to succumb to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of League One leaders Tranmere Rovers on Saturday afternoon, as Ronnie Moore's side inflicted their second cup victory against Town at Prenton Park.

On loan Hull City defender Liam Cooper gave the visitors a deserved lead just after the half-an-hour mark, but goals from Cole Stockton and Adam McGurk turned the second round tie on its head and ensured the side from the Wirral were in the velvet bag for Sunday afternoon's draw.

It put an end to three wins on the spin for the Liverpudlian's new side, but with Chesterfield poised just three points behind the chasing pack, Randall is confident that his team-mates can climb the table with a prosperous festive period.

"First of all, we need to forget about this game, it has gone," the former Arsenal trainee urged.

"Port Vale will be tough, but the way we have been playing the past month or so, we can beat anyone. Tranmere are top of League One and we dominated most of the game.

"I thought we played really well tonight. It was just that goal before half-time, that changed the game a little bit.

" We didn't start the best at the beginning of the second half and it is frustrating. We played well, but we need to see those games out and get into the next round.

"We need to learn how to slow the game down. 1-0 up away from home five minutes before half time, we just need to see it out. They got the goal and that woke them up a bit."

Randall made his comeback from injury with the Spireites desperately chasing an equaliser in Birkenhead, following a nasty gash on his shin that he sustained in training.

The 23-year-old had been in good form beforehand, having broken into the first-team after he was instrumental in the 6-1 demolition of third tier strugglers Hartlepool United in the first round.

But after getting himself off the treatment table and back onto the pitch, the elegant midfield dynamo revealed the lads are enjoying life under their new manager and that his wound is healing nicely. 

"It's brilliant and you can tell by the way the lads are playing," he added.

"Training is good and our results and performances are showing it. If we win a few games we'll be in the play-offs. It is such a tight league, anyone can beat anyone."

"There's just a bit of scabbing over the scar, but it [shin] has healed well and i've been training the last week-and-a-half now and hopefully I can get my fitness back and get my place in the team.

"I don't want to say who it was, they felt bad enough so I won't expose them to the fans!

"It was just a tackle, obviously he didn't mean it. It was just one of those things. I was playing well, so it was a bit disappointing but hopefully I can fight my way back into the team.

"But accidents happen, so I forgive him!"

You can watch Mark's interview in its entirety exclusively on Spireites Player

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