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Liddle: “I am proud to be captain of this football club”

8 February 2016

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New signing Gary Liddle was captained the Spireites as he made his debut in the 1-0 defeat to Peterborough United on Saturday.

The midfielder, signed from Bradford City on deadline day, expressed his pride of captaining the side despite losing to the nine-man Posh in difficult conditions at the Proact. 

He said: “I am delighted, I found out before the game. The manager called me into his office and said he’d like a different voice out there. 

“I made sure that the lads were alright with that and I knew they would be so I thank them for that. 

"I am proud to be captain of this football club, it is a role I have done before at a few football clubs so I feel right at home doing that. It was great to be out there, my first game and my debut but just not the result that I planned.”

Tom Nichols, making his debut for Peterborough was on hand to flick in a corner ten minutes into the second half. However, Michael Smith and Ricardo Almeida-Santos were both shown second yellows leaving the visitors with just nine men. 

Despite sustained pressure from the Spireites the hosts couldn’t find their elusive goal and new signing Liddle said he and the players are eager to get more points on the board, especially when playing at home. 

“That’s the bit of luck you get at the top of the league. I have come from a team in the higher positions in the league, but we need that first goal or two. Lee Novak had a good chance in the first half which the 'keeper saved and if that goes in it is a completely different game. 

"Once we get that victory that we are craving, especially here, I am sure they’ll start to roll off.”

The experienced campaigner has only been at Chesterfield for a week, but has settled into the club well. 

“It’s been great, I’ve had a good weeks training," he said. "I came into the club and didn’t know any of the lads, but everyone has made me feel right at home; from you guys in the media department, to the kit man, to the staff and playing staff. 

"I am looking forward to seeing what the future holds and hopefully it can be a bright one.”

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