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Nolan: "We’ve got to put in performances for 90 minutes"

15 November 2016

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It was a bitter-sweet day on Sunday for Jon Nolan who bagged his first goal for the Spireites but ended up leaving the pitch with an injury and to a disappointing result.

Chesterfield took the lead after just two minutes but the midfielder sensed his team were dropping deeper and deeper as the game went on and wants to learn quickly to prevent that happening again. 

“It’s all a bit of a blur to be honest," said the midfielder. "I’m just disappointed we didn’t get the result, the goal has just gone to the back of my mind.”

“First half I thought we were the better team but I think because we had that lead we were sitting back an awful lot instead of getting at them more. The tactics going into the game worked really well especially for my goal, we were better all over the park in the first 45 minutes.

“We made it easier for them, we sat back and wave after wave of attacks came and eventually one of them goes in. I don’t know what it is to be honest. If we knew we wouldn’t do it but instead of sitting back we should have probably pushed on for the second goal to kill them off but we’ve got to put that performance in for 90 minutes not 45 minutes.”

A pivotal moment in the match was when the midfielder and team-mate Ched Evans trudged off with injuries at 1-1 midway through the second half, though thankfully the injury doesn’t to  be a serious one. 

“I just over stretched and I felt my hamstring a bit. I probably could have played on but I didn’t want to make it worse because I’d have probably snapped my hamstring. I felt it but I don’t think it’s too bad,” he explained. 

With the squad still suffering with a string of key injuries, including Sam Hird, Dan Gardner, Connor Wilkinson, Paul McGinn, Tommy Lee, Dan Jones and Angel Martinez the former Grimsby Town man insists that cannot be blamed for the result. 

“I think it’s been the story of our season really, but you can’t use that as an excuse. We just have a stupid amount of injuries, we have done all season but that’s no excuse I just don’t think we’ve been good enough,” he said. 

“We have to take positives, we can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We’ve got to fight tooth and nail for these three points and hopefully it’s Saturday,” added Nolan ahead of the Spireites' trip to Fleetwood Town on Saturday. 

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