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Campbell-Ryce: "It was a bit a bit of a hectic day"

21 March 2016

Jamal Campbell-Ryce equalised to earn the Spireites a point at Scunthorpe United, scoring his first Chesterfield goal - 12 years after his debut for the club.

The Jamaica international had a loan spell at Saltergate in 2004 and made his entrance 60 minutes into the game at Glanford Park, scoring with his first touch seconds later.

"It was a bit a bit of a hectic day," explained the 32-year-old. "Signing this morning and then meeting my team-mates - then coming on with about 30 minutes to go, first touch and I got the equaliser.

"We broke down the right-hand side and I was going to make my way into the box, but then I just held out a little bit and when the ball came in I was arriving.

"It just skipped up a little before I got there so I was happy to see it hit the back of the net. It looked like a good finish, but it was a difficult one all the same.

"I thought we did really well on a difficult pitch against a difficult side, both teams were scrapping but we managed to get a positive result in the end."

The winger spoke about his Saturday morning loan signing at the Proact and the reasons behind the switch from Sheffield United until the end of the season.

"In the first half of the season I was playing, which was great, but in the second half I've been more in and out which has been frustrating for a player like myself.

"When you're an attacking player you want to be playing and for the manager to back you. The gaffer (Nigel Adkins) has decided to go a different way, which is fair enough, so I told him that I want to go out and play regular football, be involved in a team that needs me and wants me.

"I had to push for it a little bit harder than I originally expected, but finally I was allowed to come out so I want to thank the manager (Danny Wilson), Morgs (Chris Morgan) and the chairman for sticking with me."

Campbell-Ryce revealed that he still has fond memories of his first spell with the Spireites and the positive effect the supporters had on him.

"I had a good time the last time I was here under Roy McFarland," he said. "It was a long time ago and I was just starting in the game but it's brilliant to be back.

"The fans were brilliant with me before when I was here and they were brilliant when I came on, so now I want to help the team push on."


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