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Confidence is King as Spireites Push Past Win-less Run

22 September 2016

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Three successive defeats on three successive Saturday's dented a positive Chesterfield start to the season, but Chris Morgan knew his side had bouncebackability.

This has been shown in the two games since, with a goal-less draw at Oldham Athletic blossoming into a fine 3-1 Proact win over unbeaten Northampton Town last Saturday.

"We're a confident group anyway," said the first-team coach of the upturn in fortunes. "The three games where we didn't get results we knew why we'd not got them and it was down to us not doing our jobs.

"In this game I'm afraid that if you don't do your job and aren't 100% concentrated then nine times out of ten you will trip yourselves up. It's about being concentrated, being focused and everybody doing their jobs, which they did against Northampton. 

"It's been the same in the last two weeks in fairness, even at Oldham people forget what a big result that was to go away having lost three on the spin and having to stop the rot with a bit of pressure on. We got a clean sheet, we got a point and then we had to build on that, which we did last week."

The Cobblers win came without leading scorer Ched Evans, sidelined by a foot injury, with Morgan pleased that Conor Wilkinson and Kristian Dennis were able to step up to the goalscoring plate.

"It's good to put that to bed," Morgan explained. "With Ched coming in during the summer he's been a big player for us because of his qualities. What it has done as well, it sets standards for the other strikers around him, whoever they are.

"It was great from our point of view to get a win without Ched in the team. The two strikers in particular I thought they were excellent, all the evidence we saw with our eyes and the stats afterwards backed that up."

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