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Dimaio Looking to Use International Experience

14 September 2016

Midfielder Connor Dimaio is looking to use his recent international experience with Republic of Ireland under 21s to good effect in the Spireites first team.

The 20-year-old made two substitute appearances during the recent international break for Ireland, featuring as they beat Slovenia 2-0 in Waterford, before being narrowly edged-out 3-2 by Serbia away in Novi Sad.

"It went really well," said Dimaio. "It was a good experience and good to get away and refresh ahead of the games we've got coming up here.

"In the home game I came on for the last minute or so, then there was a lot of travelling to be done but you're able to get your rest and you get treated right. We stayed in Belgrade, which was good.

"It was a tough game for the lads, I think Serbia won the World Cup at under 19 level and they had some quality players. 

"It can be difficult playing in different places like that, it's the same pitch but the players I've played against abroad have often had more strength which makes the games a bit more demanding.

"There were a good few thousand at the game as well and they were banging away and creating an atmosphere, so that's one more thing to deal with."

Dimiao returned to North Derbyshire and was immediately thrust into the team at Oldham for his first start of the season, helping the side to a goal-less draw.

Now Dimaio is looking to put what he has learned into action: "Throughout my career, all the way from Ireland under 16s, I've always tried to take things from my international experience and bring it into my game. Now I'm looking to stay in the team at Chesterfield and push on.

"The team had a few losses, but we bounced back at Oldham, it was important for us to get a point there. Hopefully now I can keep playing and keep getting games."

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