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Nolan: "I thought we could have won it"

8 August 2016

The Spireites handed debuts to five players in the season-opening 1-1 draw at Oxford United on Saturday, and Jon Nolan impressed with his performance in midfield.

Partnering captain Gary Liddle in midfield, Nolan helped the visitors recover from Wes Thomas giving the U's a half-time lead, with Ched Evans' freekick after the break earning a point for Chesterfield.

Having suffered a niggling thigh injury in the Hungary pre-season training camp, Nolan was happy to be back and felt he took his starting 11 chance.

The Merseyside explained: "I knew a few days ago that I was starting so I had a few days to prepare myself mentally, but I'm a fit lad so I knew I'd be able to get through it. I wanted to get out there, settle in and I think I did that very well.

"I've never been injured in pre-season before, you want to complete a full pre-season so you can go into the season with full fitness.

"I did get a slight knock, but the week I came back I did a lot of running so I thought I had prepared well and I got through the 90 minutes."

Reporting on the game itself, Nolan felt his side could have gained more than just a point after a strong second half performance.

"I thought we could have won it to be honest," he said. "In the second half especially we were by far the better team. On another day Ched (Evans), who's new himself, he puts away three goals in that game. The signs are good."

On his first completive start the 24-year-old looked already to be forming a positive partnership with his central midfield colleague, and Nolan spoke about the nature of their relationship.

"Lids (Gary Liddle) is one of those players, he's a ball-winner, wins the ball back and then gives it to me - hopefully he gives it to me to make me look good, I won't be complaining then!"

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