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Trots Aiming To Prove A Point

4 February 2013

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Spireites defender Neal Trotman hopes he has done enough to take his chance after returning to the Chesterfield first-team in the new year.

The former Rochdale defender made his third successive appearance of 2013 in the 1-1 draw with his former club at Spotland on Saturday afternoon after initially having fallen out of favour at Whittington Moor and has had forged an impressive partnership with former Hull City youngster Liam Cooper.

The departure of Terrell Forbes and an injury to right-back Drew Talbot has enabled Trotman to figure in manager Paul Cook's plans again and the 25-year-old hopes he can continue his run in the team.

"Obviously I was on the transfer list and I got a bit of an injury to my hamstring as well," Trots told Spireites Player after the game.

"I knew I was going to get a chance, it was just whether I take it really but I think the whole team have been doing alright.

"Me and Coops [Liam Cooper] at centre-half and Hirdy [Sam Hird] at right-back have been playing really well.

"All three of us really compliment each other, but Coops is a very good player. He's very composed, I like playing with him.

"Akinfenwa and Platt was a physical battle, the number 10 at Southend [Barry Corr] is a big lad and Adebola today, but I think that suits me. I like the challenge when it is physical."

Trotman has made 18 appearances for Town so far this season, but last featured in a 2-1 home defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge back in October before he was handed a starting berth inĀ  a rampant 3-0 over promotion rivals Northampton.

He also got another 90 minutes under his belt in the 1-0 reversal against the Shrimpers before returning to his old stomping ground in Greater Manchester and after three impressive performances Trots believes he has still got much to prove during the remained of the season.

"I had an operation towards the end of last season and I took me quite a while to get to pre-season, I was always behind to be honest.

"In a strange way, being injured has helped to get my fitness back up because I've spent time with Jamie Hewitt, Ashley Jones and Shinner [Shane Nicholson] as well and I feel a lot fitter now. But at the start of the season, I was playing catch up.

"I'll never say i'm 100 per cent in case something happens, but I think i'm getting there. I've only played three games this year, but hopefully with each game I can get better.

"With me being transfer listed, I've been in the game for quite a while and I'm only 25 but football changes, you never know what is going to happen.

"As far as i'm concerned, i'm still on transfer list and as each game comes I need to prove not just to everybody else, but myself as well.

"I always enjoy it, I've always got a smile on my face and i'll just take each game as it comes."

The Spireites welcome struggling AFC Wimbledon to the Proact Stadium next week, hoping to exact revenge for the 1-0 defeat at a sun-drenched Kingsmeadow on the opening day.

Trotman was part of the side under John Sheridan that slipped to defeat against the Dons, but is confident they can bounce back to winning ways on Saturday.

"I can't believe we lost that game.

"If we play like we did and have been recently I think we can win the game."

You can catch Neal's interview in full exclusively on Spireites Player


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