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Jones: "It is a fight, and I have got to earn the right to play."

6 February 2017

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After a lengthy injury lay off Dan Jones finally made his comeback for Chesterfield, playing 64 minutes in a frustrating 0-1 defeat against Oldham Athletic.

However it was not the comeback that the full-back would have envisaged, having dominated the match, the Spireites conceded a last minute goal when pushing for one of their own. 

Jones told Player HD that he is under no illusions as to the scale of the challenge his side face in their bid to stave of relegation. 

“It is not the start I wanted at all, it was just a bad day, a bad bad day,” said the dejected full-back. “The final ball wasn't good enough, the final cross wasn't good enough. We have got to be more patient, we’ve got to be braver. 

“Yes we dominated possession, but we have got to be braver on the ball and we've got to make things happen. The final pass has to be better. 

“We've also got to keep the ball out of our box when we’re dominating play, we can’t get caught like we did.”

It has been a long road to recovery for the former Port Vale man, he only started training last Monday and was asked to play the unfamiliar role of wing back. 

He said: “I am a full-back who likes to join the play, but the gaffer has asked me to play a different role, it is one he thinks I can do, and obviously I can. 

“I am just happy to be back playing. I’m not even thinking about where I’m playing, I am just happy to play and I’m happy to play wherever I am told to. 

Barring an unsuccessful attempt to return earlier in the season, Jones had not played league football in over a year and admitted that returning to match fitness may take its time. 

Jones said: “I just try and play with a smile on my face, it was tough fitness wise today, but I enjoyed it. I am used to not getting tired, so it was different for me.

“Every game from now up until the end of the season is massive, we’ve got to show more bravery and we’ve got to show how much we want it. It is a fight, and I have got to earn the right to play and earn the right to wear the jersey.”

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