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Simons: “The boss knows what I am capable of"

13 December 2016

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Rai Simons has had to wait for his opportunity to make an impression but with a busy Christmas period ahead, the Bermudan may have slotted into the side at the right time.

Two matches in a week have boosted Simons's chances and the striker is hoping that despite the weekend’s loss to Peterborough, he will be able to keep his place as the Spireites' new number ten. 

“It has been a tough time for me personally,” Simons admitted. “I have not been involved so I am just trying to work hard in training and get my chance, hopefully I have impressed enough to keep my spot. 

“I just need to keep going, the boss knows what I am capable of so I am just doing what I know I can do.

“As I haven't been involved I was lacking in match fitness and match sharpness so I am just trying to play a simple game and get a feel for the match at a first team pace. Then hopefully I can gradually get better and better as I go.”

The 20-year-old featured primarily as a striker prior to his absence, but has played further down the field since his recent return, a position that he feels suits him better.   

“I feel more comfortable because I am on the ball more and facing the goal. That is anyone’s dream really, going towards goal rather than away from it, receiving passes and getting at people, it comes naturally for me. 

“I would say I am best in the ten position, just playing off the striker and in front of the midfield. Getting on the ball or getting second balls, turning and driving at defenders, and hopefully making something happen.” 

The forward scored four times in his maiden League One season last year and though he hasn't netted in this campaign he insists that Spireites fans are yet to see the best of him. 

“Training and reserve games are a different tempo and level to the first team, I just want to get involved, start steady and not do too much. I don't want to do too little either, I just want to get a feel for it and take it in my stride. 

“I will just keep going and hopefully I will gradually step up a level and another level and another level until I am at peak fitness and peak sharpness.”

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