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Roberts: "We know we can win there."

8 May 2015

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The Spirietes came up a goal short against Preston North End in the first leg of their play-off semi-final, but Gary Roberts is looking forward to going again on Sunday.

Roberts was instrumental as the hosts did all they could to get past a stubborn Lilywhites backline, but the forward insists that his side weren't far short and still have everything to play for.

"We did exactly what we thought we'd do," he said. "We dominated the ball for large parts of the game, controlled it and did everything but score.

"They have good players at the top of the park and they got the goal, but they didn't show much else - still, we go to their place full of confidence."

The Spireites created a number of openings, as well as a late chance for substitute Ollie Banks, and Roberts felt that on a different day the Spireites could have had a touch more fortune.

He said: "I had a couple of half chances, maybe just snatched at the ball, but on another day they go across the goal and some taps them in. We had large parts of the game but we just couldn't get that final pass or final shot off.

"We're happy happy with our performance, we go there full of confidence and we know we can win there."

Roberts detailed the squad's recovery plan with just a short period between the first and second play-off legs.

"Because it comes so quickly you just recover," said Roberts. "We'll be in the hydrotherapy pool tomorrow, on the treadmill in the pool. We'll prepare right and then travel up to Preston on Saturday morning.

"We look fit, I think they were out on their legs a little bit at the end. We've got a fit bunch, Shinner [fitness coach Shane Nicholson] looks after us really well and keeps us in good shape and we go to Deepdale on Sunday really looking forward to the game."

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