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Anderson: "We all know the first half just wasn’t good enough."

26 March 2017

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Tom Anderson believes results will come for the Spireites, if they can start games in a better fashion.

Chesterfield found themselves 3-0 down at half time during Saturday’s defeat to Rochdale and the defender said there are no excuses for the poor start. 

“I think we all know the first half just wasn’t good enough,” he told Player HD. “We can’t start games like that but the second half was a lot better.” 

Gary Caldwell’s team conceded an early goal at Bristol Rovers last week, as well as in matches against Shrewsbury Town and Peterborough United, all of which the Spireites have failed to win. And Anderson is unable to put his finger on what is causing the slow starts. 

He said: “We don’t go out there to purposely start badly, we don’t want to be losing games but we’ve got to stop it somehow. We’ve got to start games like we started the second half.”

It was a different story after the interval with Kristian Dennis finding the net five minutes into the half. Anderson hit the crossbar with a header shortly afterwards and the 23 year-old feels that had it gone in, it would have been real game changer.

Anderson said: “We got the goal early, I think it was the 50th minute so we gave ourselves a chance there. 

“I hit the bar with 20 minutes to go and if that had gone in we’d have had more momentum.” 

The game saw Joe Rowley make his Spireites debut, and he impressed with his positive runs and creativity. 

While it also marked the return of Laurence Maguire to the team, after he returned from his loan spell with AFC Fylde earlier this week. And on loan Burnley man, was pleased to have both players in the starting XI. 

“I thought Rowley did really well on his debut,” said Anderson. “He was bright, sharp and he did himself proud. 

“Laurence is a good player and great lad. He’s got a lot of years ahead of him and if he keeps doing what’s he’s doing he’ll kick on and do well.” 

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