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Darikwa Reflects on Doncaster

23 September 2014

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Spireites defender Tendayi Darikwa gave his reaction to the 3-2 defeat at Doncaster as well as how he feels he is progressing as a right back.

Chesterfield twice gave themselves a two-goal deficit to try and overcome at the Keepmoat Stadium and though goals from Sam Clucas and Eoin Doyle gave the Spireites hope, they came away from the match empty-handed.

Having also gone 3-0 down at Preston North End in the previous away match, Darikwa feels his side are giving themselves too much to do too soon in games. 

He said: "We can't keep giving the first goal away, we can't keep going into half time needing to chase games. We gave it a go in the second half but it wasn't our day in the end.

"It's not a blame game, we defend as a team and we attack as a team. It's something to work on going forwards and hopefully we can address the issues.

"Even though they got the first goal I thought we were on top of their defence for large parts of the second half. We need to stop conceding goals and hopefully we can move forwards from here."

Only 22-years-old, Darikwa has already played a number of positions in his Spireites career, but as a right back the Nottingham native thinks he may have found a permanent home.

He said: "I feel like I'm improving game by game, I'm playing a relatively new role that's not natural for me but I feel comfortable there and I don't think anyone's giving me too much of a hard time at the moment.

"Something I've been working on personally is getting forward and working on my final ball, so I'll keep getting crosses in and hopefully we can start putting some of them in the net. 

"I'm going to keep listening to the gaffer and the coaches and keep improving.

The visitors were backed by incredible support of close to 2,500 fans for the game at the Keepmoat Stadium, and the backing was appreciated by Darikwa.

He said: "The fans were outstanding as always. It was a big following, so we want to say thank you to them for supporting us and hopefully we'll get two big crowds for the next home games now."

After two away matches in a week the Spireites return to the Proact Stadium for two big-hitting home matches- facing Sheffield United on Saturday, October 4 and before that Notts County this coming weekend.

The first of those home games is one that Darikwa is especially looking forward to.

He said: "I know a few of their fans as I'm from Nottingham, so it'll be good to get them to our place and try for the three points."

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