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Mottley-Henry: "This is an opportunity."

9 February 2018

On-loan winger Dylan Mottley-Henry has urged the Spireites not to be afraid to express themselves ahead of Saturday’s (3pm) away fixture to Morecambe.

Mottley-Henry made his debut for Chesterfield last week in their 2-1 loss against Crawley Town, and he is eager to put things right. 

“Obviously it’s unfortunate that they scored in the 90th minute,” he said. “I thought that we did really well in the first-half and most of the second-half, but it’s obviously just a few mistakes from the boys.

“We are at a low point in the table and players are afraid to express themselves and just want to do the right things in the right places, I think if we get higher up the table players will be able to express themselves and I’m sure we’ll get up there.”

Morecambe are four points better off than Chesterfield and Mottley-Henry knows the importance of getting a positive result at the Globe Arena.

The former Bradford City man said: “This is an opportunity like every other game for all of us to pick it up and hopefully Saturday will be a change and we’ll be able to get on a run.

“I seriously believe we’ll be able to get up the table with the management and the staff and it’s been really unlucky right now.”

The 20-year-old was on-loan at Tranmere Rovers earlier in the season and believes it won’t be long until the Chesterfield fans see the best of him in a blue shirt.

He explained: “I thought it went alright, I’m still learning the set-pieces and the players are still learning how I play, so I think it’s a matter of time and get a good swing of games to get on form.

“Coming from the conference a few months ago it’s a big difference and better quality of players, I was thankful to get the start, obviously we didn’t get the result but hopefully we can go again Saturday.

“There is a bit of a gap and the football is much better in the Football League, it’s still scrappy but the quality is still there, and we have much better players.”

Despite interest from other EFL clubs, Mottley-Henry had previously worked with assistant manager Tommy Wright at Barnsley and that persuaded him to sign at the Proact Stadium.

Mottley-Henry said: “I worked with him [Tommy Wright] at Barnsley with the U23s, but I trained with the first-team a few times. Tommy came across very aggressive, but very meaningful like today in training he gave me some advice and I took it on board and then got on with it.

“There were a few offers for loan spells out to loads of different clubs, but we felt Chesterfield was the best one, we know that they are in a predicament right now with the position that they are in, but hopefully I will do my best to help them get out of it and move them up the table.

“As a 20-year-old you need to be playing games right now in the Football League, but the Football League is where I want to be playing but obviously higher, I’m here right now to get appearances and try to do my best and impress.”

Chesterfield played a behind closed doors friendly against Notts County on Tuesday and Mottley-Henry wants his side to play with the same confidence as they did in the 2-1 win.

“Reserve team games are very different to the first-team, there’s not many people watching, but still you’ve got to express yourself and impress the manager.” he added.

“In reserve team games you get to try skills and get down the line and you never know it could work in an ordinary game if you practice it.”


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