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Johnson: "It's a Very Positive Dressing Room"

22 September 2014

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Spireites attacking midfielder Daniel Johnson reflected on a thrilling match at the Keepmoat Stadium that saw Chesterfield fall to a 3-2 defeat against Doncaster Rovers.

After a poor first half from the visitors, Doncaster took a 2-1 lead into the break before making it 3-1 on 50 minutes after a quick counter-attacking move. 

In-form Eoin Doyle pulled it back to 3-2 just minutes later and from then on it was all about Chesterfield. A constant wave of attacks saw most of the play in the Doncaster half for the second period of the game as the Spireites looked to grab at least a point.

Speaking after the match, Johnson was disappointed with the result but pleased with the performance.

He said: “In the second half I thought we had them on the back foot a lot but a defeat is a defeat.”

The midfielder is enjoying his spell at Chesterfield while on loan from Aston Villa and wants to focus on upcoming games.

He said: “I’m just trying to take every game as it comes. I like it here and want to play as many games as possible.

“The lads get it down and pass it around, that’s the most enjoyable thing about it. I just want to play football.”

Johnson came close to joining Clucas and Doyle on the scoresheet but came agonisingly close on two occasions. The first effort produced a quality save from Rovers keeper Jed Steer and the second skimmed narrowly passed the post.

Johnson said: “Jed’s a good keeper and I’ve worked with him so I know what he’s about but the second one was very unlucky. I thought I should have done better but I’ll work on it on the training pitch for the next game.

“It happens sometimes. We did have them on the back foot a lot and played in their half for most of the second half, but the goal didn’t come. We’ll move on to the next game.”

Even with Gary Roberts unavailable due to injury and Dan Gardner working his way back to full fitness, the Spireites have a plethora of talented midfielders to call upon in their absence, making the competition for places fierce.

Johnson said: “That’s what squads are for and it’s up to the manager to pick the team that he thinks is going to do the job on the day.

“We’re all good players who train together every day and we’re learning from each other. It’s a very positive dressing room.”

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