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McCourt: "There’s only one way for us to look now and that’s up."

20 November 2017

Chesterfield midfielder Jak McCourt believes it’s only a matter of time before the club starts climbing the Sky Bet League Two table.

The Spireites host Forest Green at home tomorrow evening (7.45pm) and head into the game unbeaten in their last three league games, but despite that run of results they still find themselves bottom of the table.

McCourt said: “You’re obviously looking at the table but we’re not worried and know the run we can go on now. There’s only one way for us to look now and that’s up.”

Chesterfield got their third league win of the season on Saturday, by beating then third placed Exeter City 1-0. And McCourt believes the performance showed how far they’ve come as a team.

“It was a massive three points for us, we worked on it all week,” he said. “In the first-half we probably showed them to much respect and in the second-half we come out and got what we deserved.

“It shows how far we’ve come as a team and what the manager and his staff have done and how they’ve changed us. Exeter showed why there up there in the table, but credit to the lads and we know how good we are and hopefully we can push on.”

The former Northampton town man insists that getting the three points was long overdue, after consecutive 2-2 draws with Carlisle United and Swindon Town, while he also felt it was reward for the Town faithful.

“We went to Swindon and thought we should have got the win there and were hard done to,” McCourt asserted. “Our home games are where we definitely need to pick points up and we did that on Saturday.

“The support that they’ve [fans] shown us all season not just Saturday has been magnificent and without them we wouldn’t be digging in like we are.”

The Liverpool-born midfielder has had to bide his team since arriving at the club in July, but has worked hard to earn a place in Jack Lester’s starting XI, a run which has seen him score three times, including a stunner at the County Ground.

“When he [Lester] first come in we had a small meeting and he knows what I can do and he said there’s just a few tweaks that needed making and he’s helped me out,” McCourt reflected.

“There are a few things which I’ve done off the field which have helped a lot, which have got me a lot fitter and leaner, which is what I needed.

“The competition in the midfield is probably the strongest that I’ve been at in a club. That’s a credit to all the lads and what you need as a player to have pressure and to not drop off which is probably making me perform well, knowing that if I’m not on my 'a-game' someone will come in and take my place.

“I’ve had a few goals, but I don’t think I’ve ever scored a goal like that, at the time I thought I might as well have a go while I’m there and I caught the ball nicely and it ended up in the top corner.”

And given his impressive run of form and contribution to the goal tally, it’s understandable that the former Barnsley man is more than ready for tomorrow night’s game and he hopes that the Town fans will be ready for too.

He added: “It’s huge, we want the fans to get right behind us and we have one thing on our minds and that’s to get the three points.”


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