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Angel: "We have nothing to lose, so we have to show that."

26 March 2017

Chesterfield midfielder Angel Martinez, has called on his teammates to take their second half performance against Rochdale into next weekend as they search for wins.

The Spireites came up short against Rochdale as a second half revival proved too little to overturn a 0-3 deficit. 

Gary Caldwell’s men went behind thanks to a trio of first half goals from Ian Henderson, Callum Camps and Jamie Allen but pulled one back following a thunderous strike from Kristian Dennis. 

“I think everybody was disappointed with the first half,” Angel admitted. “I think that the three goals we conceded came from mistakes and we have got to do better, we have to start the game thinking that we can dominate. 

“It is a mental thing, in the situation that we are in, but we have to change it and we need to start games as we played in the second half.”

Dennis’ long-range effort in the second half showed what the Spireites are capable of and the 31-year-old admitted that his side have to show this more often. 

“I always talk to Kristian before the games and he has an amazing left-foot, so he has to show this and try to shoot more often,” the midfielder continued. 

“In the second half we took a step forward, we were pressing higher and everyone was braver and won more challenges and I think that is what was different. 

“We need to stay forward and stay in the last third, winning second balls and creating chances because if you aren't creating enough chances it is difficult. We all want to keep with the pace that we showed in the second half. 

“We don't have to wait until we are losing 3-0 to show our best, we need to start games thinking that we have nothing to lose.”

Both Angel and Jon Nolan have suffered with injuries this campaign, but a positive second half gave Spireites fans a glimpse of a potential partnership between the two.

The duo were joined in midfield by 17-year-old debutant, Joe Rowley, and Angel hailed the youngster for an impressive first performance. 

He said: “I think I link well with Nolan; I understand his football so we have a very good balance in midfield. 

“We showed in the second half that we can dominate the midfield and the second balls which is so important in this division. 

“I’ve known the guy [Rowley] since I have been here, I was playing with him in the reserves when I was coming back from injury and I have seen him in the youth team too, he is an amazing player.

“Technically he is very good; running forward, grabbing the ball and scoring goals; he is going to be important for us in the following games and in the future of Chesterfield. 

“It is just about him getting some experience and some confidence, but he will be an important player for us.”

Gary Caldwell’s men travel to high-flying Bolton Wanderers next Saturday and Phil Parkinson’s side will be looking for revenge, having been defeated in the reverse fixture last December. 

The Spireites sit ten points from safety in the Sky Bet League One, but the midfielder asserted that his side still believe and will continue to fight till the very end. 

He added: “Everyone has to close their eyes before the next game and think about what we have done in the second half, and go for the win.

“It is all about winning games and continuing to believe and continuing to fight. We have nothing to lose, so we have to show that.

“We are like the animal who is hurt and is surviving for his life, we have to show that and go there and go for the three points.”