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Raglan: "It's in our hands, so no problems."

20 April 2015

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Charlie Raglan once more stepped into the team and stepped up to the plate, helping his Spireites side keep a clean sheet at Oldham Athletic.

With a late injury to Sam Hird giving Raglan the chance to play from the start at Boundary Park, the 21-year-old put in one of his customary assured performances as Chesterfield earned a point.

Raglan told Spireites Player after the match that the result was all important: "Away from home, if you get a point - like the gaffer says - we shake hands and go away still smiling. It's difficult because lately we've had a few games where we have dug in, like at Bradford and against Walsall, where we've not played particularly well but we've come away with good results.

"That's what's put us in this position. We've just got to keep going - two games to go, it's in our hands, so no problems."

Despite Oldham's season being effectively over, Raglan knew that the Latics were always going to stand up as stiff opponents.

He said: "I spoke to one person when I came in and they said that the [Oldham] players would be on holiday and I said "no chance". That was proven today in the first 20 minutes.

"We don't want to make excuses, but they were difficult conditions. It looks okay but the pitch was bad and the wind was a problem and for us in the first half we seemed to be getting deeper and deeper.

"The gaffer made a change bringing Armand [Gnanduillet] on and that was just to help us get further up the pitch. They have lively players and we did well to get in at half time 0-0."

"We didn't have the attacking prowess compared to Tuesday night when we beat Colchester 6-0, but we come away happy with a point."

Raglan's inclusion was a surprise to the 1,200 Spireites supporters at the game, but the centre back revealled that he had known he had a good chance of playing from the night before the match.

"I got told last night to prepare to play," he said. "It's easy to say that you always do, of course you do, but when you know you focus a bit more on the game itself.

"Then when I arrived at the ground and Sam Hird had failed a fitness test, I was on my toes and ready to play. It's great to play and I was really excited to play. It was a shock to the system in the first half but I'm happy to keep a clean sheet and come away with the result."




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