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Crossley Stays Positive

13 April 2013

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First team coach Mark Crossley had mixed feelings after watching Chesterfield snatch a late equaliser against Bradford.

Sam Togwell scored a stoppage time leveller to ensure that the Spireites stay four points behind Bradford, who occupy the last play-off spot. 

Goals from Nahki Wells and Ricky Ravenhill put Bradford in the lead, but Tendayi Darikwa and Togwell scored to secure a point for the Spireites.

Speaking to Spireites Player, Crossley said: “I thought it was a great game, a real cup tie atmosphere. Credit to both sets of players, it was a fantastic game all round and great to be involved in.

“Looking at it, it was a fair result. Bradford came here, had a go, and really tried to win the game, which opened the game up.

“I thought we played well in the first half. We kept the ball well without creating too many clear-cut chances.”

Crossley believes Togwell’s goal might prove to be pivotal going into the final few games of the season.

He added: “You look for defining moments in a season and we might be looking at the last two minutes where Sam Togwell knocks it in on the far post. Maybe that’s the defining thing in our season.

“Credit has to go to our lads, the way they fought back in injury time showed great spirit. It was absolutely fantastic; I’m really pleased for them. 

“The crowd today were superb. Both sets of supporters made that game, but obviously we want the same on Tuesday night. 

Speaking about Bradford’s goals, Crossley said: “I just don’t think we switched on quick enough. They took quick throws all afternoon and Nahki’s goal was a great finish.

“I thought we fought back really well. It just shows there is nothing in it at the moment. All the teams are fighting for everything and I’m pleased I’m going home tonight and we’re still in the hunt for that final play-off place.”

With three games remaining, Chesterfield face Plymouth on Tuesday night and Crossley still has hopes of a play-off finish.

He said: “There is definitely still a great chance and a great opportunity. We are going to try and win the last three games, and believe that that will get us in the final play-off spot.

“It’s squeaky-bum time in there. I believe us, Bradford and Exeter are the ones that can make that final place. If we can still make it, I believe we’ve got a good chance.”

Watch the full interview on Spireites Player.

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