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Branston: "The performance I got from the lads was fantastic."

23 September 2017

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Caretaker manager Guy Branston may have suffered a 1-0 defeat at Luton Town in his first game in charge of Chesterfield, but he was happy with the team’s display.

A 53rd minute strike from Danny Hylton settled the match at Kenilworth Road and meant further disappointment on the road for the Spireites, but Branston felt there were a lot of positives to take from the encounter.

Speaking exclusively to iFollow, he said: “A big reaction for an interim manager is to see if you get a big performance and I got one.

“I look at the lads within the building and I asked them for effort and application for what I wanted to achieve, did we achieve that? It needs tweaks.

“Did we go where I wanted us to go against a top side, who I think is going to get promoted? I think we scared them and the positive thing in going to Luton and being involved in a game like this is that my lads who I put out there today, shone for me and I’m pleased with them.

“They are great guys who’ve worked incredibly hard this week and they’ll continue to work hard until the new manager comes in.

“I think if we take 80-90% of that into Tuesday, I think we’ll get a better result.”

Both teams had chances during the game, with the Spireites' best falling to Andy Kellett in the first half and Louis Reed, who narrowly missed with a diving header just moments after Hylton’s goal.

“Chances were created, on another day they go in,” Branston said.

“People can say well I should have done this or that, but I came to Luton to get a performance I got that and I think that will build on for the new manager to take over.”

Branston surprised many in attendance by making two changes to his starting line-up, with Matt Briggs and Chris O’Grady returning in place of the suspended Bradley Barry and top goal scorer Kristian Dennis.

The caretaker boss confirmed that Dennis will come into the reckoning when Yeovil Town visit the Proact on Tuesday night along with the likes of Delial Brewster and Reece Mitchell – the latter came off the bench in the second half.

Explaining the reasons for making the two changes, Branston said: “I watched Luton against Wycombe Wanderers last week and I thought there was an area that we could get at them and we did.

“I saw areas from that Wycombe game which opened up again out here, they’ve got good players, but it’s about lads turning up on a Saturday wanting to beat those good players and I had lads in the dressing room trying that for me.

“And the performance I got from the lads was fantastic, I think that the group we’ve got is very good, it just needs tweaking.”

The former Rotherham United defender reiterated his desire not to take the manager’s job on a permanent basis, instead wishing to help in the process of recruiting Gary Caldwell’s replacement.
But it looks increasingly likely that he’ll be in the dugout for the match with the Glovers on Tuesday, 7.45pm.

One that he is more than ready for.

He added: “I’ve been told I’ve got two games and I’ll take it to Tuesday night, I’ve enjoyed it.

“The new manager needs time to see the lads and behind the scenes where we need to look at it as a group, I’ll be in charge until someone tells me different, I’ll keep working very hard for the football club.”

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