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Branston: "It was a Jekyll and Hyde performance."

27 September 2017

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Caretaker manager Guy Branston was left to rue two contrasting halves as the Spireites lost 3-2 at home to Yeovil Town last night.

The visitors took the lead in the third minute when Olufela Olomola’s shot went in via the post, before Otis Khan doubled their advantage in the 26th minute.

In the second half, Robbie Weir (49) and Kristian Dennis (72) brought the Spireites level with two well taken goals, but Yeovil captain James Bailey broke Sprieite hearts in the 90th minute with a header from a Sam Surridge cross.

Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Branston said: “We had a go in the second half, though it was a Jekyll and Hyde performance all day long.

“We came in at half time and I was absolutely disgusted with what I saw, I think people are expecting me to perform miracles in changing things and getting things going, but the group is there and they’ve got to deal with it.

“You don’t win football matches when you don’t turn up, I went in at half time and I spoke to them in a way that I’d want to be spoken to as a player and I set about them mentally and told them what I think of them, because I think that’s the right thing to do.

“And I got a response out of them, but it shouldn’t have to take that, they’re good players and they have got good pedigree. We switched off at the end and lost the game, but in the second half I felt it was some of the best football we’ve played this season.”

Branston made one change to the starting XI from the Luton Town match, recalling striker Gozie Ugwu for on-loan midfielder Jordan Flores, who dropped to the substitutes bench.

Ugwu certainly made his presence felt in the second half, playing a part in the Spireites best moves and Dennis’ goal, though Branston admitted that he was not happy with the former Reading man’s start to the game.

He said: “I thought in the second half he was brilliant, but I can’t have a half and half performance, I spoke to him at half time and asked him to step up and he did, he’s a battering ram and somebody who’ll finish goals and get opportunities for the team.

“He’s got to believe in himself more, he got 20-odd goals last season for Woking in a struggling side and now he should be doing that for us and I think he will do.”

Branston was also dealt an early blow with Scotland U21 international Zak Jules being stretchered off after just seven minutes and the caretaker manager provided an update on his injury and praised his replacement Laurence Maguire.

He added: “It looks like a serious hamstring injury.

“He’s someone who’s tried everything for me and he’s tweaked his hamstring and unfortunately he has to go off.

“Laurence did a great job, if he sticks at it he’s going to have a bright career, he won the first header which we didn’t do in the first half, he stepped up and for me he played well.”

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