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Jones: "It was a bad start, which set us up to fail."

20 March 2017

Chesterfield defender Dan Jones spoke to Player HD following the 2-1 defeat away at Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake’s late second half goal proved too little too late for the Spireites, who suffered a 2-1 defeat to Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Ground. 

Chesterfield had gone behind in under a minute when Ollie Clarke rifled past Thorsten Stuckmann, and Rory Gaffney then doubled the hosts advantage before half time with the Spireites chasing the game. 

“It was a bad start, which set us up to fail really,” said Jones. “It was after about 40 seconds that they scored and it was an uphill battle from there. I think we gained a bit of pride in the second half, but it is just disappointing.

“The game plan does go [out of the window], but you try and implement it still, and I do think we knocked the ball around quite well in periods. 

“We played some good stuff and there were positives in patches, but it seems that we get punished for every mistake at the moment.”

Jones played the full 90 minutes at wing-back as part of Caldwell’s back five and gave his thoughts on the new role. 

“I don’t mind playing there, but I do like to have somebody in-front of me who I can get around, I feel like it suits me a lot better playing full-back,” he admitted. 

“But I am happy to do any job that the gaffer wants me to do, and I think that I am more than capable of playing left wing-back, I am an attacking full-back anyway, whatever the gaffer wants me to do I'll do.”

Rochdale travel to the Proact next weekend, with the Spireites desperate for three points, and the former Port Vale man said that the side want to entertain the fans. 

“Hopefully we can put on a good performance, score some goals, get some attacks and play some exciting football in-front of our own fans," he added.