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Raglan: "We are dominating games but need to be ruthless"

26 January 2016

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Things seemed to be going to plan when the Spireites took a deserved lead over Millwall on Saturday, but the Lions turned things around to win a close match 2-1.

The disappointment was etched across Spireites centre-back Charlie Raglan’s face after the final whistle and the former FC United of Manchester defender was brutally honest about his side’s display.

“You don’t get anything for dominating large parts and losing two bad goals and that’s the disappointing thing as a defender," he said.

"We didn’t start well enough in the second half and that’s what’s cost us.”

Raglan, who has featured 18 times in the league for Chesterfield so far this season was upset with the Spireites' second half performance.

“Everyone is down and disappointed because we’ve let ourselves and the fans down," he said. "I feel like we were better than Millwall to cope with their threats and to put them to the sword, but we didn’t do either.

“We’ve got to look at ourselves, right from the start we didn’t do the small things correctly and that’s the disappointing thing because at half time we were very positive about the way we played.”

The Spireites have now faced all the other teams in the league and Raglan says that they haven’t got the points on the board that their performances should have earned.

He said: “We’ve played everyone now and you can say that we are as good, if not better, than a lot of the teams but we’ve not come away with the points. We can’t think that we’re holding our own because we’re losing,

"We are dominating games but we’ve just got to be a bit more ruthless in both boxes, that is what football comes down to; especially at this level.”

With no game until next month, Raglan believes that there is now a two-week period in which the squad can recover from a demanding month of football a prepare for Peterborough United.

“We’ve got a few niggles here and there and it’s a chance for everyone to recover mentally and physically," he commented. "This’ll be a week where we can look, work on things and get ourselves back to full health.”

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