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Anderson:"It wasn't the result nor perfromance we wanted."

27 December 2016

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Spireites defender Tom Anderson refused to make excuses after the defeat to Rochdale on Boxing Day.

The centre half was part of the team which came under pressure for large periods of the first half in what was a very windy day in Lancashire.

He said: “It was the same for both sides, I actually thought we dealt with the wind pretty well in the first half but the goal killed us just before half time! In the second half Rochdale dealt with it quite well too.

“Obviously it wasn’t the result that we wanted nor the performance either, but we’ve got to pick ourselves up and go again on Friday.”

Goalkeeper Lloyd Allinson saved an eighth minute penalty from Steven Davies and for much of the half the Spireites frustrated the home side, making crucial blocks, tackles and interceptions, until Ian Henderson broke the dead lock in the 44th minute with a curling shot past Allinson.

After the break the Spireites had chances to get back onto level terms, but were unable to take advantage of a succession of corners, while on more than one occasion striker Ched Evans was thwarted by a combination of the Rochdale defence and goalkeeper Conrad Logan.

Had the goal been prevented could there have been different outcome in the second period?

“You could say that, yes,” Anderson told Player HD.

“We were still in the game at 1-0, playing well and trying to create chances but we just couldn’t put it in the back of the net today.”

Further goals from Calvin Andrew and another from Henderson six minutes from time meant that the Sprieites dropped to 22nd in League One.

But a positive result in their next match with Port Vale will see them climb out of the League One relegation zone, a match that Anderson sees as he perfect opportunity to bounce back.

He said: “Exactly, it’s only a couple of days before we’re back in on Friday and we go to Port Vale who are a good team, we’ve got to try and go there, perform well and get a result.”

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