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Nolan: "I’m sure we’re only going to get better from here."

22 January 2017

Jon Nolan sees Saturday’s stalemate with AFC Wimbledon as a missed opportunity although he’s seen plenty of improvement since Gary Caldwell’s arrival last Tuesday.

Jon Nolan sees Saturday’s stalemate with AFC Wimbledon as a missed opportunity although he’s seen plenty of improvement since Gary Caldwell’s arrival last Tuesday. 

The midfielder played alongside Dan Gardner in the middle of the park and was influential in starting Chesterfield’s attacks and getting the ball forward, but he felt disappointed at full time. 

He said: “I think its two points dropped. 

“All the lads were disappointed at the final whistle because we played so well. They’ll agree with me that you can see the improvement and the gaffer’s only been here for three days so I’m sure we’re only going to get better from here.” 

The tempo of the Spireites play was a lot quicker and Nolan revealed the manager has given the players license to express themselves and be forward thinking. 

“He said to press them, get the ball back as quick as we can, be positive and play with a smile on our faces,” explained Nolan. 

“I think we did that but it’s just the final pass and the last thing in the final third we need to improve and I’m sure we will.” 

Another positive was Gardner’s fine display in an unfamiliar central midfield role alongside Nolan, with the 24 year-old was impressed with the way his team mate adapted and performed. 

“It was a shock to all of us when we found out Dan was in holding midfielder,” he said. 

“He was my man of the match though, I thought he was excellent and I really enjoyed playing with him,” he added. 

Despite not the getting the victory, the former Grimsby Town man was quick to praise Caldwell’s impact despite only being at the club for three days prior to the match. 

And feels the two weeks he has to really work with the players can only be a benefit ahead of a big six-pointer against Oldham Athletic in on February 4th. 

Nolan said: “I feel the new gaffer coming in with his ideas has brought a breath of fresh air so hopefully these two weeks without a game we get better and come Oldham I’m sure we’ll get the three points.

“It’s similar to the Coventry game but we’ve got two weeks for the manager to really put his ideas across and practise them and I’m sure we’re only going to get better because he’s been here three days and we’ve definitely  improved.” 

Nolan also had a message for the 6000+ fans at the Proact who supported the players brilliantly all game. 

“They were noisy throughout and gave us a round of applause at the end but I just apologise we couldn’t get that goal,” added the midfielder. 

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