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Raglan: "I'll Sacrifice a Clean Sheet to Win"

25 November 2014

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Following the 2-1 win at home to Barnsley, Charlie Raglan spoke to Spireites Player about the game and his extended run in the starting line-up.

Not only did the young defender come close to keeping a fourth consecutive clean sheet, he also provided the assist for Eoin Doyle's classy second goal.

Raglan said: “It was probably the first time I’d managed to step into a bit of space. Eoin was on the shoulder like he always is, and he was pointing so he wanted it where I managed to place it. He had a lot to do and it was a great goal.”

“It was important that we scored goals eventually. We knew that it was going to come and today against Barnsley it was probably the toughest game we’ve had in the last four games. We’ve got two today, whereas in the last three we haven’t had any so we’re all delighted.

“He’s done great today, Eoin. We were just saying he’s lobbed a Champions League winning goalkeeper there so he’s on fire and I was pleased with the pass.”

The Tykes managed to pull a goal back late on through substitute Keith Treacy but Raglan says that the win is what counts.

He said: “The goal came at a good time for them to rally and shooting towards their own fans, they had a bit of momentum when they brought another striker on. 

"We were under the cosh a little bit but I thought the lads did great and we deserved the win.

“The win was the most important thing today. The lads were putting pressure on themselves, like we always do, but we really wanted to win this game. 

"We needed to win this game and I’d sacrifice a clean sheet every time to win a game."

Before the match it was clear that Devante Cole, son of ex-Manchester United star Andy, was going to be a danger but the Spireites defender says that they were ready for what Barnsley had to throw at them.

“We did our homework,” said Raglan. “The gaffer and the staff really briefed us on them and we knew they were going to be lively and they were. 

"With Cole they don’t like to give you any time at the back and that’s why they’ve done quite well recently. We knew what was coming but we managed to see them off today. 

"We were disappointed with the goal so that says a lot about the way we’re playing and the way we’re trying to work hard to be solid."

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