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Smith Insists Play-offs Still Possible

24 February 2013

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Nathan Smith was left disappointed after the home defeat against leaders Gillingham, but maintained that Chesterfield’s dreams of a play-off spot are still not over. 

The Spireites suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat following Cody McDonald’s 50thminute goal. With a bit more luck in front of goal, however, they could have perhaps snatched a draw.

Full-back Smith expressed frustration at the outcome of the match. “Obviously we had a good second half but we haven’t come away with a result and I think we could have done better to be fair,” he told Spireites Player after the match.

“This is another one of those situations where, apart from the goal, we were solid, and so it’s really hard to explain. We’re going to have to just change this run ASAP.

“We’re coming up against top teams and it’s not like they’re doing us over or anything like that so it’s just frustrating when we’re not coming away with a result.

“We just need to keep pushing for that play-off spot. It’s definitely still possible because there are still a good few games to go. We’ve just got to keep the faith.”

Smith had words of praise for recent loan signings Alex Henshall and Jordan Clark. Commenting on Henshall, he said: “Yeah, he’s definitely got a few tricks up his sleeve. He turned up at training the other day and he was just running rings around the lot of us so he’s definitely a good player to watch out for.”

Despite only playing for the last ten minutes, Smith acknowledged that Clark also made a difference, saying: “He always wants to get on the ball and play and you need that sort of player when you’re coming to the end of the season.”

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