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Raglan: "I've Enjoyed Every Minute of it"

12 November 2014

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Speaking after the FA Cup win at Braintree Town, Charlie Raglan gave his thoughts on the match and his first five months at Chesterfield.

The defender himself has non-league experience playing for FC United of Manchester, but already appreciates the gulf a league club faces when travelling to a venue such as Braintree's Cressing Road ground.

He said: "You take into account the ground, the conditions, the pitch and the dressing rooms. You get used to playing at places like Doncaster the other week, and that's a million miles away from somewhere like here.

"But football's still football, you've still got to battle away eleven against eleven and I think that's what we've done today.

"We've weathered the storm when we had to, had to fight and we've passed them off the pitch when we could."

Raglan has started the last two Spireites matches and feels he's been able to show his abilities, ones he hopes will have impressed the manager, who might otherwise look to strengthen in his centre back position.

He said: "Two games, two clean sheets, which is obviously very pleasing. I'm just pleased to get my chance again, it's been a while since I've played.

"I want to play as often as I can, but if the manager wants to bring more players in then I just have to get on with it, I can't control that, and that doesn't worry me.

"From my point of view any player that's coming in, I'll have to fight for my place and I think that's healthy at any club. I'm enjoying my time on the pitch and personally I feel like I've done okay. 

"The manager's given me a chance and put his trust in me for now, and hopefully I can repay that and we can repay that as a team to get through the sticky patch that we've had.

Against Yeovil Town last Saturday, Raglan played next to Georg Margreitter, while the Austrian's injury placed the young defender next to captain Ian Evatt on Sunday, and the 20 year-old feels he's learning plenty from both of them.

Raglan said: "Georg was great to play with and him and Evatt are vastly experienced defenders and I'm just making my way in the game so it's a great privilege to play with those sorts of players.

"I feel like I've definitely come on, I'm a much better player just from pre-season and spending time with all the lads - and the gaffer's been brilliant with me.

"I've spoken to a few friends and people I've played with in the past and I've said how much I've learned in the five months I've been here.

"I've enjoyed every minute of it. I always said that was my aim, I want to come in and enjoy myself and do my best to play."

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