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Townsend: "We'll Go Again"

17 December 2012

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On loan Hull City defender Conor Townsend is confident that Chesterfield can bounce back from their 1-1 draw with an impressive Burton Albion side on Saturday, when they travel to Roots Hall to face fellow promotion chasers Southend United on Friday evening.

30-year-old striker Marc Richards headed home a richly deserved equaliser after both he and Mark Randall had earlier clattered the post, to salvage what could prove to be a valuable point against Gary Rowett's Brewers.

And Townsend, who has been unable to fight his way into the side since his arrival from the KC Stadium, revealed that he is hoping to play a part in a crucial festive period for the Spireites.

"Obviously, i'm delighted to get on," he said after the 1-1 draw with Burton.

"Hopefully I can get some more game time in the next game and see where I go from there. But today in the second-half, the lads were brilliant and we were really unlucky not to get all three points.

"The gaffer said to me when I come on just to get balls in the box. I got a yard and just put it in an area but it was unlucky that one of the lads couldn't get on the end of it.

"We had a few chances, there were a lot of good balls put into the box. Rico [Mark Richards] hit the post and Rands [Mark Randall] has hit the post from a free-kick so I think we should have won it, but we'll go again [on Friday]."

The 19-year-old usually plies his trade as a left-back, but after the impressive displays from Jamaican international Nathan Smith has found it hard to break into Paul Cook's plans.

Huddersfield Town defender Liam Ridehalgh - now on loan at local rivals Rotherham United - capitalised on Smith's injury earlier this season but the young Tiger knows he must be patient and he will get his chance.

"Smudger [Nathan Smith] is on fire, it wouldn't be fair to drop him when he has been playing well," he added.

"So maybe my chance will come on the left of midfield. I'm not bothered where I play as long as i'm getting game time, I just want to play as many games as I can.

"He's a very good player, Smudger and he showed that today again."

Townsend spent the majority of last season on loan at Grimsby Town, where he managed to score once in 27 appearances for the Mariners, but he revealed he is enjoying life at Whittington Moor and has settled in well.

"Obviously, it's been a good experience for me. I'm enjoying training, the lads are top. For me, the only thing that has been missing is playing but i'm sure that will come.

"It's up to the gaffer but I want to prove to him and the fans what I can do and just try and help the team get up the league."

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

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