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Humphreys: "We’re all together"

11 January 2017

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Caretaker manager Ritchie Humphreys saw the Spireites exit from the Checkatrade Trophy as disappointing, but was pleased with the effort shown by his players.

Humphreys took charge of the team for the first time since the departure of Danny Wilson on Sunday, and was left to rue defensive lapses which Luton took full advantage of as they ran out 4-0 winners.

Speaking to PlayerHD he said: “It’s really disappointing, we started the game ok, there was nothing in the game but we make a couple of mistakes and we find ourselves 2-0 down. 

“And really from that point on we had a lot of possession with some tremendous interplay for the rest of the first half and into the second half, without really breaking them down or getting behind them with a pass down the sides, getting a cross or shot in.

“We had one big chance just before half time, which if we had gone in at 2-1 it does change the dynamic of the game as we know, but it doesn’t take me to explain that what happens in both boxes is crucial.”

Humphreys included the likes of Dan Gardner and Gboly Ariyibi in the starting XI while Jay O’Shea also returned after missing the Bradford City match through illness. 

And Humphreys was happy that the three players saw plenty of the ball, and continued to persevere despite the score line.

“The pleasing thing was the lads didn’t get their heads down,” Humphreys added “they continued to get on the ball and rotate in the shape that we prepared.

“They were wanting the ball, changing positions and that was going to hopefully lead to one or two half chances, like the one Jake Beesley had just before half time. And again in the second half we dominated the ball and conceded on the counter attack.”

The likes of Ched Evans and Ryan Fulton missed the match through injury, but Humphreys is confident that both will be available when Coventry City visit the Proact on Saturday.

He said: “We’ve had a couple of lads missing with knocks from last Saturday, they’ll be assessed on Wednesday to see if they can play at the weekend. 

“We’ve also had Tom Anderson and Dion Donohue suspended from the previous round who’ll be back. 

“So we had to make some changes, but the players have been fantastic since myself and Matt [Duke] spoke to them on Monday morning and we have to remain positive with the group, try and get everyone back in the group and on the training 
ground on Thursday morning and prepare for the weekend.”

It's likely that Humphreys and Duke will both be in the home dug out on Saturday, with Humphreys calling on a united effort to turn the Spireites fortunes around.

“If that’s the plan that we are taking that game, then we’ve got a plan in place, it’s all ready. 

“Matt and I have spoken at length and tried to get everybody together. The injured players who can’t play have been with us, so we’re all together and that’s going to remain so, certainly whilst I’m taking it on."

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