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Donohue: "We just need to be ruthless."

13 March 2017

The Spireites welcome Peterborough United to the Proact tomorrow night (7.45pm), and Dion Donohue asserted his belief that the side can end their goal scoring woes.

Barring Oxford United, the Spireites have been defensively solid since Gary Caldwell’s arrival, but have come up short in-front of goal, and the defender told Player HD that the team have been addressing this in training.  

“Everyone knows that we have not been giving the strikers enough service,” Donohue admitted. “Week-by-week they work hard for us but we don’t give them enough. 

“I don’t know if it is nervousness because of where we are in the league, or if we are not taking as many risks as we probably should be doing, but we all know that to win games you need to score goals. 

“You can defend as well as anyone, but if you're not going forward enough then you're not going to win games. We have addressed it and we have been working on it and hopefully come tomorrow we’ll get a couple.”

Chesterfield came away with a draw against Shrewsbury Town at the weekend and the 23-year-old admitted that his side is desperate for wins as the season draws to a close. 

“Yes it was a battling draw, but it was a disappointing draw,” Donohue continued. “We needed a minimum of three points and well, we now need a minimum of three points in every game. It was disappointing not to get the three points. 

“We know what we need to do and luckily we have got a game tomorrow to go out and get the three points that we wanted to get on Saturday.”

Having arrived at the Proact from Sutton Coldfield Town as a midfielder, the Welshman has been largely deployed as a defender during his time in Derbyshire. 

Donohue admits that he still sees himself as a midfielder but asserted he will play anywhere for the team, while admitting with a wry smile that he secretly enjoys the role. 

He said: “Everyone that knows me knows that midfield is where I like to play, but personally I am just glad to be out on the pitch and I just have to give it 100% wherever I am asked to play.

“Fortunately in the position I am in now, I have had Evo [Ian Evatt] next to me which is a massive help because of all the experience that he has got. I am just glad to be out on the pitch, no matter what position. 

“I do quite enjoy playing there and I see a lot of the ball. Obviously I would prefer to be a bit higher up the pitch, but I am buying into it and I am happy to play there.”

The Welshman was always going to be faced with the big question and when asked about relegation asserted that in no way, shape, or form have his side thrown in the towel. 

Donohue added: “I think that if you lose the belief then you may as well pack in now, there is always the belief that we can stay up. 

“It is only in our hands to sort that and we need a reaction tomorrow night, and to get three points. We just need to be ruthless.”

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