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Jones: "Everyone Stood Together"

1 September 2014

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Defender Daniel Jones spoke after the heated game away at Port Vale, where the Spireites grabbed a deserved 2-1 victory.

The Chesterfield left back praised the whole team for their efforts as the Spireites dug deep to hold on for a 2-1 victory at Vale Park.

He said: “Everyone stood together especially after the sending off. It showed our team morale and it was an enjoyable game, it was very tough, we know what Micky is about and his team are very strong.”

Jones himself struggled to get forward due to the pressing nature of Vale’s midfield, but he stuck to his task and for the majority of the game the back line held solid.

He said: “It was hard for us to play our football and I couldn’t get forward at all so I actually felt like a normal defender today, but I enjoyed the occasion.”

The Spireites were unlucky to go into the break on level terms after enjoying the majority of the play in the first half. However, Paul Cook’s half time team talk worked and the Blues came out firing in the second half, with Gary Roberts scoring the winning goal less than a minute after the restart.

Jones said: “We’ve started slow second half in a few games and teams have got more possession. It was nice for us to start on the front foot and put them under pressure.”

After the sending off of Ian Evatt, Jack Broadhead joined Charlie Raglan at the back and Jones was full of praise for the young defenders’ performances.

“ Charlie Raglan and Jack Broadhead have come in and were immense, especially Charlie Raglan. It’ll do their confidence the world of good.”

In a game that was always going to be highly charged for the Chesterfield defender following his exit from Vale, Jones saw the funny side of the crowd’s reaction and appeared focussed on his own game.

He said: “When I left I didn't came out and said anything. I never felt like I needed to, but its one of those things, you just smile and it seems to annoy people even more.”

Throughout the match tensions had been building on the pitch and they spilled over after the final whistle.

“It started on the pitch and a few words were exchanged in the tunnel. The Port Vale right back spoke to Armand in French and he obviously didn’t like it. But then as we were ushered off there was a bit of racism towards our lads from the crowd.

“I think it was started by them shouting at me but obviously we’re a team and we stick together, then it got out of hand.

The off-field troubles did little to dent the mood of the Spireites player who relayed the delight of his manager and his teammates after the impressive away win.

“The gaffer’s had a word with us and the manager's delighted with us, it was important to get the three points with the game next week being off. It puts us onto ten points now which is double figures after five games and that’s outstanding.

“Scunthorpe at home should be another great game so its onwards and upwards.”

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