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Whitmore: "It's tough to take."

28 January 2018

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New signing Alex Whitmore told iFollow that “the fans deserved more” after Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to Stevenage.

Ben Kennedy scored the only goal of the game to bring to an end Town’s winning run, though the result does keep the Spireites one point above the relegation places. Regardless, Whitmore felt the loss was hard to stomach.

“It’s a tough one to take, to lose from a goal like that,” he said.

“I don’t know if we did enough to win the game, but I don’t think we deserved to lose it, a draw was probably a fair result.

“I think we still could have been playing now and I don’t think they would have scored. They didn’t really have any clear opportunities they didn’t really get through us.”

The Spireites tried in vain to grab an equaliser with midfielder Joe Rowley and substitute Chris O’Grady both having chances to equalise, but neither managed to hit the target.

The 22-year-old said: “I think we had the better chances – definitely towards the end – but that’s football.”

Kennedy’s goal when he charged down Spireites’ goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale’s clearance three minutes into the second half, though Whitmore doesn’t attach any blame to the 19-year-old.

He said: “These things happen, no one says anything when he pulls one out of the top corner. I’m sure he’ll do better next time.”

Whitmore is a centre-back by trade, but has filled in at left-back in his first two games for the Spireites because of injuries to defensive players and it’s a role he is happy to play in.

“It’s not my favourite position but it comes in handy if I can learn how to play there,” he commented. “If I ever must go and do a job I know I can do it, but I’ve got a lot to learn out there because it’s a lot different to centre-half.”

Sid Nelson and Laurence Maguire have formed a new centre-back partnership, only conceding two goals in three games and Whitmore is impressed with them both.

He added: “They have been absolutely solid, for two young lads and I can’t knock them at all, they are good lads and good talkers and hopefully that partnership can continue.”

Crawley Town travel to the Proact next week and Whitmore is hopeful of getting all three points.

He said:“I’ve settled in really well, obviously it was good to get off to a winning start last week, I wish I could have followed it up this week with another three, but we’ll try and get the points next week.”

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