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McCourt: "Every game is important to us."

12 February 2018

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Spireites midfielder Jak McCourt has warned Chesterfield’s opposition that they won’t be resting on their laurels ahead of an important league game against Cambridge at the Proact Stadium tomorrow (7.45pm).

The former Barnsley man said: “Every game is important to us now, with the situation we’re in. It won’t be easy for Cambridge to come here. We’ve had a couple of mistakes but we’ll put that to the back of our minds and make things right tomorrow night.” 

Chesterfield lost 2-1 in the reverse fixture back in October, when Kristian Dennis’ second half goal was not enough to prevent a Cambridge comeback. Now with a caretaker manager in charge in Joe Dunne, McCourt is aware things might be different. 

“We’ve spoken about Cambridge’s different styles,” McCourt said. “They were physical against us in the away game. With the new boss taking charge there’s some things we don’t know, but we go into every game focused on ourselves and making sure we’re right. If we do that there’s no need to worry about Cambridge.” 

Chesterfield go into tomorrow night’s fixture with fresher legs than anticipated, after Saturday’s game at Morecambe was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, but McCourt says the players didn’t want the rest. 

“When you get the call in the morning that the game is off, it’s frustrating as a player,” the Liverpudlian said. “We had prepared all week for it, we had looked at our opponents and gone through everything. We jut need to put it in the back of our minds and look forward to tomorrow.” 

The 22-year-old suggested that there’s reason to be optimistic about Chesterfield’s chances of finding the net more frequently in upcoming matches. 

He added: “There’s a lot of chances being created and we’re getting in the final third quite a lot. Goals are going to come. We’ve got more players chipping in with them now like Joe Rowley so it’s only a matter of time before everyone starts getting on the score sheet.” 

Asked whether he should be looking over his shoulder at the other midfielders who Chesterfield recruited in the January transfer window, McCourt responded: “For every position, the competition helps and makes you up your game. 

“It’s good to get fresh faces in the building. It gives everyone a boost. Everyone knows they have to keep performance levels high. 

“Some weeks they won’t be there, but that’s life, you’re not always going to play well, but I guarantee that you’re going to get the work-rate. 

“If your performances aren’t at the top of your game, you’ve got to make sure you work hard for the team and put it all in.”

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