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Townsend: 'We'll Be Thereabouts'

28 January 2013

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On loan Hull City winger Conor Townsend revealed his delight at extending his loan spell in North Derbyshire until the end of the season.

The 19-year-old, who made 27 appearances on loan at Grimsby Town last season, has been limited to just three appearances for the Spireites  after his temporary switch from the KC Stadium.

He opened his account in senior football with a sumptuous free kick in the 1-1 draw with Morecambe, but he turned from hero to villain against the Shrimps after he was shown his marching orders for an apparent elbow.

Speaking after the 1-0 defeat at home to Southend United, Conor said: "I'm very pleased," about extending his stay at the Proact Stadium.

"It was sorted midweek, it was just getting the papers signed. But i'm happy to be here for the season and hopefully we can push on and get promotion.

"Before the sending off I got a few games and obviously I came on today. But from now until the end of the season I am just concentrating on playing as many games as I can and performing to the best of my ability.

"I like to take free kicks, it's a part of my game and luckily it went in. 

"But i'm just disappointed that I let the lads down by getting sent off and obviously i've got to learn from it.

"He [Marc Richards] took two good ones today. He was unlucky with the first one, it was a great save."

Gavin Tomlin bagged a brace at Roots Hall as Paul Cook's side suffered their heaviest defeat of the season back in December and the former Yeovil Town striker returned to haunt the Spireites, springing the offside trap just four minutes from time to coolly dispatch the game's only goal and send 300 travelling fans back to Essex satisfied.

It was a sickening blow to Chesterfield's already dwindling play-of hopes, but Townsend is hopeful they can bounce back with a win against Rochdale next week a Keith Hill returns to Spotland.

"I think the lads worked hard all game, we battered them.

"We didn't deserve to lose the game today, we were unlucky. Their keeper made some great saves and they caught us on the break. We've just got to pick ourselves up and go again next week.

"Obviously the lads are a bit down at the minute, they are disappointed but they're a great bunch of lads and we all get on well. The spirit is great.

The Liverpudlian has been busy in the January transfer window, moving on Craig Westcarr, Terrell Forbes and Luis Boa Morte. Irish midfielder Jay O'Shea made his switch from MK Dons a permanent one, as did Liam Cooper from the Tigers.

Former Norwich City trainee Richard Brindley has also arrived at Whittington Moor alongside Ivory Coast Under 23 international Armand Gnanduillet and Townsend has been impressed with the club's recent transfer activity.

"He [Armand] gets stuck in. It's good, he caused some problems for Southend in the last 10 minutes and I think he could be a really vital player for us.

"Sometimes he's a bit clumsy with his arms and standing on people's toes, but that's all part of his game.

"Richard [Brindley] was on trial at Hull when I was there and he's a really good player, he's a really good signing for the club. He'll prove to the fans and the gaffer that he can compete in this league.

"If we play like we did today then, more times than not we will win the game. If we can string a few wins together, we'll be there or thereabouts."

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


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