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Barry Determined to Make Amends

16 February 2018

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Defender Bradley Barry has revealed how frustrated the team were following Tuesday's defeat to Cambridge United, but are determined to put things right when they take on Carlisle this weekend.

The Spireites suffered an injury time defeat in midweek despite going ahead twice in the game.

Commenting on the match Barry said: "It was a last minute one again which is obviously the worst thing that can happen - the result wasn't there."

Having been down the bottom of the table for the majority of the season the players’ confidence may be low, but Barry doesn't see that as the issue within the camp. "You've just got to have game management and step up to the plate in the last minutes," he revealed.

"It was 2-2 - that's not a bad result - I know we're at home but we've just got to think in the right areas and clear the ball. We've all got to be men now, even the experienced ones and the younger ones - we're all in the same boat," Barry asserted.

The Chesterfield defence have been missing key figures such as Ian Evatt and Sam Hird recently, but despite that and their recent run of form Barry took time to praise their efforts. "The boys that have come into the back four - they've done really well. The back four can't defend for 90 minutes all game, every game. We have to make sure we keep the ball in their half," he stated.

"Obviously having Evatt and Sid [Nelson] missing it's a big hurt on the team but we've got players that can replace them. Alex [Whitmore] and Laurence [Maguire] have done really well - the same with Robbie [Weir] coming back, he's not a natural full back but he's done really well," Barry added.

The 23-year-old meanwhile revealed that manager Jack Lester has been pushing them hard to step things up since he arrived. "The gaffer and all the staff have been making that clear from day one since they came in. It's just making sure we're being professionals.

"The boys that have come in, they can all do it. The gaffer has made a massive influence on that and he's put in everything he's got into helping us and we've just got to take it on board," Barry explained.

Barry was one of the new faces to arrive at the Proact last summer but not only has it been a frustrating season for the club, it's also been a troublesome one for the full back.

"When I tore my hamstring it was a massive blow for me because I was finding my stride at my new club,” he explained. “But I just made sure I wasn't too down when I was injured and made sure I was doing everything right for when I came back."

A part of doing everything right could be going back to basics, as the Spireites seek to push themselves back up the table. "You can have all the ability in the world but if you don't work hard you don't get results - it's showing at the minute. We've got a team full of ability but everyone needs to put 100% in every game until the last minute," Barry mentioned.

Chesterfield's next game is a match with Carlisle on Saturday - and it presents a good opportunity to make things right with a quick turnaround. "That's what you want," Barry noted.

"When you lose you want another game quickly to try and put everything right," he expressed.

When the two sides met earlier in the season they played out a highly entertaining 2-2 draw. Therefore, Chesterfield know what to expect when they travel to Brunton Park.

"They're going to be very tight at the back. They're a very organised team but we know what their weaknesses are and we need to make sure we put everything in," Barry affirmed.

He also had a message for the fans ahead of the trip to Carlisle. "The supporters have been brilliant - even for me. When I came back there were positive messages on Twitter.

“They've been brilliant and we just need to keep going," concluded Barry.

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