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Nelson: "There’s been strong words in the dressing room."

19 February 2018

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Chesterfield defender Sid Nelson spoke of his and the team’s determination to put things right after the 2-0 loss to Carlisle United on Saturday.

Nelson returned to the Town starting XI at Brunton Park after missing the last two games with a knee injury, but he was powerless to stop Kelvin Etuhu and John O’Sullivan from sealing Carlisle’s win.

Speaking exclusively to iFollow after the match, the on-loan Millwall defender said: “My job when coming back into the team is to keep clean sheets and try and get a base from that and then go on to win the game.

“They were two sloppy goals again, it’s not good enough. It’s been like that since I’ve been here, games have been tight, we’ve been leading and on top.

“There’s one thing I can assure everyone and that’s that there’s been strong words in the dressing room, I’d like to apologise to all of the fans that have come today, because fair play to them they were making lots of noise.

“I promise that we’ll get out of this mess.”

One of the talking points from Saturday’s game, was Louis Reed’s disallowed goal in the 71st minute. Manager Jack Lester failed to see why the decision was given and Nelson agreed.

He said: “I’ve seen it back and it’s very harsh, I can see why the referee’s give it, he’s got a case, but it is harsh, Alex [Whitmore] is the other side of the ‘keeper and isn’t impeding him, it should be a goal.

“He’s not pushed him or moved him out of the way, the ‘keeper’s gone in to him, he can’t magically move himself, that’s just the luck we’ve got at the minute.”

Next up for the Spireites is a home fixture with Swindon Town on Saturday, 3pm and Nelson has promised a strong reaction from the squad.

“Everyone needs to stick together, credit to the fans, their noise and support does not go unappreciated,” he added.

“We’ll be working all week, we’ll have a kick up the backside and there’ll be a lot of things said, and I can assure you we’ll be on it.” 

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