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Liddle Bearing Captain's Responsibilities

16 March 2016

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After Saturday's chastening home loss to Walsall Spireites captain Gary Liddle says it is up to him and the senior members of the squad to help the less experienced players through.

Dion Donohue was sent off for his part in the scuffle that followed the Saddlers' second goal, while defender Tom Anderson had earlier scored an own goal as the Spireites fell to a 4-1 loss.

Liddle commented on his responsibilities: "Sam Hird and I were just talking, there are certain players who are more experienced and you learn to get yourself out of the way and not react to anything. 

"I know it's hard because you've just conceded a goal and tempers might be flaring and you might be a bit disappointed.

"Out of the last five games before this we had 11 points, and you'd take that. We've said that we'd learn more from this result than from the last five, that's for sure.

"You learn who your characters are and who the people are who will try and pull you through. We were disappointed with conceding the last two goals after the sending off but it's one of those things and we'll put it behind us as quickly as possible.

"We've got a big game coming up at the weekend now against Scunthorpe on the back of a good away victory at Southend so we'll go into that with a bit of confidence.

If the Spireites are to confirm their place in the Sky Bet League 1 for next season it will in no small part be down to the side's strong away form during the campaign.

With only four home wins since August, Liddle, who signed for the club in February, understands the Proact fans' frustrations.

"It's one of those things," he said. "I read from the manager that the quicker we're safe the better and if that comes from away victories then so be it.

"Clubs are built around their home form so it's disappointing for the home fans that we get. They have been terrific and turn up in their numbers and hopefully we can rectify the home form in the remaining five or six games."

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