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Morgan: "It's the first win of pre-season and we've got to be happy"

20 July 2016

Chris Morgan watched his side reclaim the Autoworld Stoneacre Cup with a 3-1 win at Matlock Town, and the first-team coach was happy to get through a tricky contest.

Two Kristian Dennis goals in the first half sent the Spireites on their way, and though Ted Cribley halved the lead with a fine goal midway through the second period, Ian Evatt stamped the win late on with a thumping header.

On the hottest day of the year, Morgan was pleased to see his side move a step positively on in their pre-season campaign.

"It's pre-season, it's July, obviously it's warm," he said. "We're getting there fitness-wise and that's what these games are all about now we've got to the third game in.

"All-in-all, we're probably disappointed to concede the goal, we always are, as we wanted that clean sheet. It's the first win of pre-season and we've got to be happy.

"They're never easy games at all, what people have got to appreciate is that there's a trophy to play for and the Matlock players want to go out and give a good account of themselves.

"We talk a lot about attitude and appilcation and I thought it was good in our players."

With the Spireites playing a side made up of first-teamers along with other players closer to the fringes, Morgan said that the pre-season matches give the management the chance to run the rule over the whole squad, with players having the chance to unexpectedly come into their thinking.

"We've got in our heads what our best team is, but pre-season is about trying to give everyone a chance, trying to get everybody fit, back used to playing games and doing their good habits.

"Then usually in pre-season you get the surprise packages, some come back and they might not have been in the team at the end of last season but they work really hard and they play themselves in sometimes where they come from nowhere."

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