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Pemberton: "I thought we recovered really well"

29 December 2018

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Caretaker manager John Pemberton thought his side recovered well following a “tough couple of days” as the Spireites drew 1-1 with Hartlepool United at the Proact Stadium.

“I think so. I think you saw that in the second half. It’s been a tough couple of days, certainly for the players,” said Pemberton.

“I wanted to make a difference with regards to how we played because I think we needed to.

“I think there’s work to be done. When you play a certain style of football, you’re always looking to go forward and then everyone gets in each other’s space and the game becomes a fight.

“I coach possession, so sometimes you have to go to the ball to create space. I think we showed that in the second half.

“The goal was a bit of a killer. A minute to go and we were a bit dopey with the pass which exposed us. But, we just had a little rally and I thought we recovered really well.

“The changes certainly made a difference to us.”

Jamie Sharman and Luke Rawson made their league debuts by coming off the bench on Saturday. Pemberton, who coached the players in the academy, said: “I get a lot of pride out of seeing Jamie and Luke play today.

“Jamie Sharman showed a lot of composure. I think the first chance came for Luke too early. But the second one, he should’ve scored.

“It was an unbelievable turn and a brilliant touch. It was just a shame that he didn’t finish it off.”

Tom Denton and Alex Kiwomya missed out again on Saturday after suffering injuries last week against league leaders Leyton Orient.

However, the caretaker manager gave a positive update on the duo, saying: “We had to check on them this morning and they both aren’t far off.

“Yesterday, we felt that it might be better that Denton just had the extra recovery.

“Kiwomya’s come in this morning and he’s a lot more positive about where he is, so I don’t think they're a million miles off.”

The Spireites travel to Solihull Moors in their first National League game of 2019 on New Year’s Day.

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