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Togwell Pleads For Patience

16 December 2012

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Chesterfield midfielder Sam Togwell has urged everyone connected with the club to be patient, as the Spireites currently sit just two points adrift of the League Two play-off places approaching Christmas.

Paul Cook's side saw their four game winning run brought to a halt by an impressive Burton Albion on a mild winter's afternoon in Derbyshire, as Marc Richards' third goal in four games restored parity after Jacques Maghoma fired the Brewers in front.

The former Port Vale man and Mark Randall both struck the woodwork for the hosts who improved vastly after the restart and Togwell thought his side were unfortunate not to pick up another three-point haul.

"It was a game of two halves," Togwell told the club's media team at full-time.

"We didn't come out at all in the first half, although we started well in the first 10 minutes but once they got on top we struggled to deal with it. 

"In the second half, that was us at our best. We had to go a bit direct because they came and matched us and showed us a bit of respect and we found it tough in the first half but we should have gone on and won the game."

The home side started brightly, with Richards, Jay O'Shea and Randall all causing the visitors' goal unrest. Lee Bell then clattered the post with a stunning free-kick, moments before Maghoma turned the game on its head with a coolly taken finish after Calvin Zola's intelligent flick.

The former Tottenham Hotspur trainee was then unlucky not to put the game out of reach, when he was harshly adjudged to have illegally poked the ball out of the grasp of Tommy Lee when he had denied Zola's powerful header with a superb, reflex save.

Both Randall and Richards were denied by the woodwork and just when it looked like it was going to be another frustrating afternoon at Whittington Moor, the 30-year-old striker popper up to head home a deserved leveller and salvage a precious point.

"It is just a case of being patient when it is like that. We were on top and they got 10-men behind the ball and it was up to us to break them down and we did that. Rico had exactly the same header and hit the post five minutes beforehand, so it was a good goal to build on.

"Not just in the final 15 minutes, but from the second half onwards [the fans were terrific]. They understood that in the first half we didn't get going but that is when we have to try and come in at 0-0 and see the bad spell out and build on it in the second half.

"But fair play to the lads, we came out in the second half all guns blazing.

The Spireites make the difficult trip to Roots Hall on Friday evening to face a strong Southend United side, with a win in Essex potentially propelling Cook's side into the top seven for the first time this season.

Chesterfield will have reached the halfway mark before Christmas having played everyone in League Two, but Togwell knows there is still a long way left in the hunt for promotion.

"I think Rochdale and Accrington," Togwell said about the teams he has been impressed with.

"Gillingham were strong and yet we gave them a good game. When you look at the top six, I don't think we've lost to anyone. It's against the bottom teams we have struggled, so we've just got to be patient."

You can watch Sam's interview in full exclusively on Spireites Player

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