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Roberts: "We Deserved to Win."

23 January 2014

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Spireites midfielder Gary Roberts was disappointed that Chesterfield didn't take all three points from their strong performance against Rochdale on Tuesday night.

After entering stoppage time with a two-goal lead, the home side conceded twice through a Ian Henderson penalty and a Peter Vincenti header in quick succession to leave the scores level at full time.

In a post match interview with Spireites Player, the Liverpudlian expressed his disappointment in not being able to see the game out. He said: “The game was dead and buried, they didn’t have shot in the second half. We’ve got to manage the game and that’s up to the 11 players on the pitch.

“It’s silly by us to drop points like that, they knew they were beat. To give them a leg up like that – we need to have a good look at ourselves.

“They’ve come to have a go at us and we’ve dominated the game for 89 minutes. To not take the three points is bitterly disappointing and all the lads will be hurting tonight.”

Despite the result, Roberts believes the Spireites responded well from the 3-0 defeat at Roots Hall on Saturday and put in a performance that deserved to take Chesterfield back to second place in the Sky Bet League 2 table.

“The gaffer wanted a reaction and he got that," explained the winger before adding: "The lads were hurting on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. We owed ourselves and the manager a performance.

“I think we put on a good show today, we deserved to win the game clearly but it’s another two points dropped and we’ve got to dust ourselves down and go to Northampton on Saturday."

Roberts opened the scoring on Tuesday night, pouncing on a loose ball in the Dale area before finishing past Josh Lillis. The midfielder also had a hand in Chesterfield's second, being in the right place at the right time to square the ball for Marc Richards to hammer home from a matter of yards.

When asked about his recent form, Roberts explained that there is always room for improvement. He said: “You can always be better, I want to be perfect. I want to do something every game, I want to produce every game. It’s going quite well but I won’t sleep tonight thinking about tonight’s game.

“We set high standards here – like tonight, even though they’re above us we expected to win that game, especially in front of our own fans.”


To watch the full post match interview, log on to Spireites Player.

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