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Roberts: "Disappointing but our Run Continues"

1 December 2014

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Gary Roberts continued his fine run of form coming back from injury with a goal in the 1-1 draw away to Crawley at the weekend. He spoke to Spireites Player after the match.

“Since I’ve come back I think I’ve done well in every game I’ve played and I’ve got another goal,” said Roberts. “I’ve got two in four games so personally I’m happy. 

"I had a couple chances in the first half but for my goal it just opened up, I hit it hard and low and it was nice to see it hit the back of the net.”

“We spoke about how we didn’t shoot enough in the first half so as soon as I had my first chance I knew that if I caught it right that it’d go in. Luckily it did.”

There were fears the veteran midfielder had picked up another injury when he limped off the field at half time but it turned out to only be a slight right ankle knock.

He said: “It was just a tackle on the edge of the box, I tried to get away from the lad and he fouled me. 

"He came right through my ankle but [club physio] Rodger Wylde had a look at it at half time and there was no ligament damage so I carried on."

Having now strung a string of matches together Roberts feels he is back to full power again, though he admits there are always doubts when returning from a lay off.

He said: “The first couple of games are always a bit shaky and later on in games you’re thinking you don’t want to pull it again, but the fitness tests I’ve done with the physio to make sure I don’t do it again are spot on. 

"If I stick to the programme hopefully I can stay on the pitch as long as possible.”

An away point is usually seen as a positive one but the 30 year-old admitted he was disappointed not to get all three.

Roberts said: “Once you’ve scored a goal you should control games like this but we got deeper as a team and we should have killed the game off really. 

"We’ve had chances where we were three on two and to really kill the game but I just think when we come to these grounds and we’re the better team we’ve got to take three points. 

"It’s a little disappointing not to but we didn’t get beat and our run continues."

After scoring his goal the Spireites winger revealed a message under his shirt, a tribute to his late uncle.

“It’s been a tough week for me,” he said. “Last night I buried my uncle, carried his coffin, and then came to the hotel to meet the lads late last night.

"It’s been a tough week for both me and my family, from the Crewe game really, and I know he’s up there watching and I knew I’d score a goal for him today so that was for him.”

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