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Nolan: "We just weren’t at the races"

3 October 2016

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Jon Nolan hopes the two week league break can work in the Spireites' favour as they look to bounce back from Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Bradford City.

Nolan couldn’t hide his disappointment with the Spireites' display but praised the West Yorkshire opposition, who on the day were simply too strong and deserved their victory. 

He said: “They’re a good side. It was only 1-0 and we could have nicked a draw but I thought they were deserved winners. 

There were certain parts of the field where we couldn’t figure them out or they were having joy in certain areas but that’s no excuse, we just weren’t at the races and I thought we could have done a lot better. 

"It may have taken a tackle or winning a few second balls to change it but we weren’t good enough and I can’t put my finger on why.” 

With the amount of injuries in the side and with the games coming round quickly, there were plenty of tired bodies out on the pitch, particularly after a gruelling game like Tuesday’s draw with Gillingham and Nolan sees the weekend off next week as a positive, after the match at Coventry City was postponed due to international call-ups.

“I don’t think you can use fatigue as an excuse really, Bradford are playing the same amount of games as us. We are tired but we weren’t good enough today,” explained Nolan.

“I think the break's going to be a blessing in disguise. Coming into the season our squad was thin anyway never mind all the injuries that we’ve had so two weeks on the training field after Tuesday and hopefully we can get some of the lads back.” 

The 24-year-old has cemented his place in the midfield since joining from Grimsby in the summer and has missed just one league game so far this season, and he’s pleased with the way he’s stepped up to EFL Level after coming from non-league.

“I think I’ve fitted in quite well, this wasn’t my best game but I think I've done well considering it’s my first year,” he said. 

“I’m thoroughly enjoying it. Obviously I’m new to it, I’m just hoping to grab it with two hands and be successful with Chesterfield.”

The Spireites face Accrington Stanley on Tuesday in the Checkatrade Trophy and then don’t play in the league again until Saturday, October 15 and the visit to Southend United.

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