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Morgan: "Next week we try and put everything together"

31 July 2016

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First-team coach Chris Morgan saw a youthful Spireites side earn a 0-0 draw at Buxton on Saturday, noting the green and energetic younger shoots in his squad.

Kristian Dennis had the best Spireites chance of the first half, while late on Ritchie Humphreys and captain for the day Dion Donohue went close in the fruitless attempt to break the deadlock at Silverlands.

In the Spireites' penultimate pre-season match, Morgan was happy with the resolve from the group of players looking to make an impression on the management team.

"It was another good workout in pre-season," he said. "A lot of players got 90 minutes and at this stage everything is building for a week's time.

"Some of the young players who have been utilised in the squad have really done well. The opportunity that some of the young players have been given to train with the first team every day, you can see it's rubbed off on them.

"It's always good to keep a clean sheet, I'll never lose that defender's bit, if we can keep a clean sheet then with the forward players we've got you always feel we'll make chances.

"Pre-season is always about the fitness and the game time, and then next week we try and put everything together in the build-up for Oxford."

 The match saw a first chance for Chesterfield fans to see Jon Nolan in action for the club after a troublesome thigh injury had kept him out of the opening pre-season matches, and Morgan ran the rule over the midfielder's return.

He said: "It was frustrating for Jon because he'd done the first couple of weeks of pre-season and then the day before the Apollon game out in Hungary he felt a little twinge in his thigh.

"That's kept him off for a couple of weeks, so he's been doing his CV and strength work with Rodger (Wylde) and Mal (Purchase), but it's the game time that he needs.

"It was really good for him to get 45 minutes today, there's another chance on Tuesday night against Leicester for him to get a bit more game time, but you can see what kind of a player he's going to be.

"He's good on the ball, he wants and demands the ball and he sees passes. He's also got that other side to his game, he's tenacious in the tackle, we just need to get some game minutes in him."

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