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Reed: "We have a chance to put things right."

26 January 2018

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Influential midfielder Louis Reed says the Spireites are determined to put right their loss to Stevenage last month, when Darren Sarll’s men visit the Proact tomorrow, 3pm.

Reed was part of the Spireites team that suffered a heavy defeat at the Lamex Stadium, but he believes that given the team’s back to back wins and impressive home form of late, it will be a different Spireites team on show tomorrow.

“We owe them one,” the England U20 international said. “We know as a team it wasn’t quite us that day, it’s come around quite quickly to play them again, so we have a chance to put things right and keep adding to this run we’re on.

“I was talking with Sam Hird and we we’re saying how well we have done at home. So, the fact that it’s two home games on the bounce means we are looking at taking maximum points from them.”

The on-loan Sheffield United man has played a huge part in the Spireites' last two victories over Luton Town and Yeovil Town, grabbing a well taken goal and an assist at Huish Park last weekend.

Those two wins have seen Jack Lester’s men climb out of the Sky Bet League Two relegation zone and to within a point of fourth from bottom Yeovil. A win over ‘the Boro’ could see the Spireites move to within five points of their opponents, who sit in 16th position.

“They have been two huge wins for us especially against a top of the league Luton,” Reed said. “I think they turned up expecting us to roll over for them, we stood firm and got a great three points.

“I know a few of the boys after the Yeovil game weren’t happy with their performance – myself included – it shows the sign of a promising team when you don’t quite play your best but still manage to get the three points.

“It really tight down there at the bottom and there’s a slight gap between 16th to where we are, but hopefully we can drag Stevenage in there with us.”

With six new additions so far in the January transfer window, Reed isn’t surprised with the improved recent results and also spoke of his own performances in that time.

He said: “The new lads that have come in have settled really well and that’s a credit to them.

“At Accrington Stanley we weren’t at it at all, I think we’ve got a chance to put it right Saturday and continue adding to the results we already have.

“I’m growing in confidence every week, the new lads have come in and changed it up a bit and that’s suited me more, getting to know them and I think the team’s coming together now and that’s shown in our results.”

Reed, who has played in various positions across the midfield this season, is now flourishing in his new-role in front of the defence

“When I came in the gaffer asked me which position I preferred to play and I told him I wasn’t quite fussed as long as I’m out there,” Reed recalled. “I’ve gone into that role now in front of the back four and I’m enjoying my football there.

“I’d say it’s the one I have played the most and most comfortable with it. But I can also play on either wing or behind the striker.”

Since Lester’s appointment as manager, training has intensified and Reed believes the squad’s improved fitness levels have been there for all to see.

He commented: “The training regime that we are on now is tough and demanding, but that’s only because he wants the best from everyone and I think although we haven’t got the results, the football we have been playing is much better since the new manager’s come in.

“He’s keen on getting it down and playing instead of lumping it long and winning second balls, so it’s a credit to him.”

Reed, who’s on a season-long loan from the Blades, is out of contract at the end of the season, though he insists that he’s only focused on Town's upcoming matches.

The 20-year-old added: “I came here to play football and I’ve been given that opportunity, so the next focus for me is the next game and I’ll continue to do that until the end of the season and then I can talk about contracts and where I’m going to be in the future.

“It’s always nice to get an opportunity to impress and that’s what happens in pre-season. everyone starts over again to see how fit you are and everyone’s fighting for a place so it’s a good chance to show what I’ve got.”

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