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Barry Relishing Return to Former Club

10 November 2017

Bradley Barry reflected upon the news of Tommy Lee's retirement this week and also praised the team's positive mentality going into the game against his former side Swindon Town tomorrow (3pm).

The news of Lee's decision to quit playing came as a shock to many involved at Chesterfield and following the news Barry respects his choice and only has good things to say about his former team mate. He said: "In the changing room he gets on with everyone, he's one of the nicest guys I've met in football.

"I've known him for a short time but I'll still stay in contact with him definitely. It's unfortunate he's had to do it but he knows his body well. If he feels like it's the best decision, then we're all for him."

Lee's presence on the pitch and in the changing room will be a big loss for the Spireites but Barry insists just having him around the club will still be boost. "We need those types of people around," he commented.

"He's there for the team, he's always going to be there and he'll always be in our hearts," Barry added.

Lee wasn't in the squad against Bradford last weekend due to his injury, but despite the 2-0 loss in the FA Cup, Barry praised the team's performance. "We controlled the game well. I thought we were very good going forward but it's one of those things, the ball won't go in the net for us at the minute," he reflected.

The team's play in the attacking third of the pitch is something that Barry claims the squad have been working hard to improve on: "In training today [Thursday] we were working on the final third which is good - I think that's what we need to do. It's working us defenders as well so it's the best of both."

However, with Kristian Dennis leading the line, a player who has ten strikes already this season, the Spireites know they have a good chance when they get the ball in front of goal. Barry commented on the striker saying: "He's a clinical finisher. He'll do everything he can to even get a toe on it - he's one of those types of strikers. He wants balls in the box all the time."

Dennis' impact on the team has been significant, but Barry has called for others to start scoring ahead of their clash with Swindon tomorrow. "As a team we do need to score more goals. You can't always say the striker needs to score. Other people including myself - I've been getting chances - I need to put the ball in the back of the net sometimes," he asserted.

All of that will come together out on the training pitch, where Jack Lester's intense sessions have been having a healthy impact on the team. "When the training is harder you all get together and make sure you all push through it and the players that need it more are benefitting from it as well," Barry said.

Barry meanwhile also touched on the mentality of the squad, adding: "We're just being positive and making sure we're not giving up until the final whistle."

The Spireites last Sky Bet League Two game finished in a draw, but Barry thinks they've done all they can to achieve another positive result against Swindon. "I feel we've done everything right during the week - making sure we're working, and working on ourselves - making sure we know what we're doing going into that game to give them problems."

Barry meanwhile also reflected on the opportunity of returning to his former club, saying: "I've never had it before, it's my first time. I left on good terms and obviously the club's been great to me and gave me opportunities."


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