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Reed: "We know we can do it."

17 November 2017

On loan midfielder Louis Reed has insisted that performances are close to reaching their full potential, as he reflects on what has been an enjoyable spell at the club despite Chesterfield's position in the table.

The Spireites came mightily close to picking up a huge three points last weekend, but were to be denied by a late Luke Norris penalty as they drew 2-2 with Swindon Town.

Reed looked back on the game saying: "It felt like a loss - to be leading up until the 94th minute and to concede with a late penalty it was a bit disappointing - but the lads were really happy with the performance and I think the manager was to."

The goal that stopped Jack Lester's side from winning was a controversial one, with a penalty being awarded deep into injury time that could have gone either way.

Reed shared his thoughts on the incident: "I think it was a difficult one. I know there was contact in the box but the amount of times you see them waved away and to do it in the 94th minute - I think that was pretty harsh."

Despite that the team showed great spirit, coming from behind to lead against a side who have been progressing well in Sky Bet League Two this season.

Reed reflected: "To go there and come from a goal down as well shows great character within the squad.

"We know we can do it and that's what we've looked at this week when we've watched the video back - picking out the positives rather than the negatives."

The young midfielder meanwhile praised the improved mentality of the side, something that has been exemplified hugely in recent weeks.

He said: "Earlier on in the season when we conceded one it looked like we could concede two or three. Whereas now I think we're more solid as a defensive unit and

I think it's only a matter of time before it clicks in that top third."

Another key component however will be finding goals from elsewhere. Kristian Dennis has nine strikes in the league this campaign but Reed senses that with added goals from himself and other midfielders the Spireites can really begin to kick on: "All this week we've done quite a lot of work on making the box, whether one midfielder goes and the others see it out from the edge.

"If we can start adding goals as well as Kristian then we should have no problem in climbing the league," he expressed.

Reed has been asked to play all across those midfield areas since arriving at the Proact, but is relishing whatever role he's given. "I played left midfield a couple of weeks ago but I'm just happy to be in that midfield - no matter what position it is. I do prefer playing as a holding one, but I think I'm more than capable to do either," he commented.

The 20-year-old is currently on a season long loan deal from Sky Bet Championship club Sheffield United. Reflecting upon the spell so far, Reed added: "First team football is a priority for me and although the results haven't quite been going our way I've really enjoyed my time here so far.

"It is a season long loan so I'm going to be here trying to rectify what's gone wrong so far and if we keep working like we have in training then I think we'll do that."

Reed also took time to discuss his own game and what he can do to improve. One of those areas is potentially his discipline, as he sat out the game with Carlisle United through suspension. "We [Reed and Lester] sat down and talked about what I had been booked for and a lot of them were silly free-kicks - like people getting past me and me having to trip them up to stop counter attacks.

"But he's spoke to me and given me tips on that and how I can avoid doing that," Reed mentioned.

Finally, the Sheffield United loanee spoke about an important week for the club, with games against Exeter, Forest Green and Mansfield in the space of seven days.

He added: "The way we have been playing we seem to have gelled a lot better in the last few weeks, so I think anyone we're put up against we fancy our chances."


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