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Talbot Enjoying Life Back at the Proact

3 March 2018

Defender Drew Talbot is relishing being back in a Chesterfield shirt and despite a postponed game this weekend, hopes the Spireites can keep the momentum going as they look to beat the drop.

Jack Lester's men were due to travel to Exeter yesterday for a Sky Bet League Two fixture but due to the poor weather the game has been called off.

Speaking about the postponement Talbot said: "Apparently it's really bad down there and safety wise the pitch probably isn't going to be great and you're putting yourself at risk. The positive side is it gives the lads another week to get themselves back fit."

Because of the snow, training has been hard this week. However, despite previous uncertainty over whether the clash with Exeter would go ahead, Talbot assures that the players were leaving nothing out on the training pitch. "I think the lads have been great this week. The weather's not been great but everything that's been thrown at us we've given our best," he stated.

The players came into this week following an impressive victory over Swindon Town last weekend. Assessing the win Talbot commented: "Performance wise it was good on Saturday in patches, but I don't really think it matters. Sometimes it's about getting the results and they're a very good team, Swindon. I've seen them a few times this season and I think we were quite comfortable until the sending off."

Talbot returned from injury against Swindon, but was replaced late on in the 2-1 win. "I did come over and tell the fitness coach. It wasn't tight, it was just fatigue I think. I'd only had four sessions in training that week which is tough to try and go into the game," he revealed.

"I find it difficult because I'm all or nothing. I need someone to put the reins on me a little bit. I feel good at the minute so I'm looking forward to that continuing," Talbot added.

The 31-year-old's injury has meant his return to the Proact so far has been a little frustrating having spent more time on the side lines than on the pitch.

However, Talbot insists he's doing everything he can to ensure he stays fit. "At Luton I played well and then there was probably just a bit of mismanagement from myself - probably too eager. I should have taken a notch off a little bit but that's just the way I am. I'm 100% each time. I've got back and I feel a lot stronger for it. It's just going to be about managing myself," he explained.

Talbot played 265 games in his first spell with the Spireites and shared his thoughts on just how much the club and the supporters mean to him after calling it a no brainer to re-join. "I've always had a great relationship with them [the fans], they're brilliant. We're not going through a great time but they're still there and it does help. Sometimes you need that extra push," he expressed. 

"I probably am a Chesterfield fan as well - my kids love it here. I went to Portsmouth and they were like 'Where's Chester the Mouse'? We've got a good affinity with the club and it's close to my heart. After this season I've been here eight years, that's three quarters of my career," Talbot reflected.

However, this isn't the time for Talbot to look back at his career. Instead he and the rest of the squad need to focus on the challenge ahead. Observing the current relegation battle he pointed out: "I don't think anybody is clear. Even teams that might be seven or eight points clear - two wins for us and two losses for them and it's close. It's quite nervy now.

"I've not really experienced it being so close before. We just have to concentrate on ourselves a little bit. I think teams are slipping down again and we just need to go on a run," Talbot asserted.

With no game this weekend, Chesterfield's attention turns to Lincoln next Saturday, when the two sides meet at the Proact.  

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