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Ramsdale Ready for Imps Clash

9 March 2018

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Goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has had time to reflect on his Chesterfield career so far, revealing the learning curves he's had to overcome since signing on loan, as he and the rest of the squad get ready for their match with Lincoln City tomorrow, 3pm.

It's now been over two weeks since the Spireites last played, with poor weather postponing their trip to Exeter last weekend. However, despite not playing for a while, Ramsdale insists the work done over the past fortnight has only benefitted the squad. "It's been really competitive. There's a lot of lads coming back from injury so competition for places is high.

“When we've played our games, there's been people wanting to be on the winning team and that's only healthy for the group," he commented.

Chesterfield come into this game off the back of an impressive win over Swindon and after a week off will be hoping they can maintain their momentum as they look to avoid relegation. Ramsdale said: "there's still a lot of feeling around the place that the win was last weekend, it doesn't feel like it's been two weeks. Everyone's upbeat around the place."

Injuries in recent months has forced manager Jack Lester into making numerous changes, especially in defence - but it's not something that Ramsdale thinks has had a negative effect.

"I don't think when anyone's stepped in, we've looked out of shape. When Alex Whitmore came in I don't think he looked nervous or shaky and effected any of the back four. Brad's come back in, Robbie has moved from right back to left back and I've never thought we're going to concede," he remarked.

However, with more game time under their belts, the defence is only likely to improve. "If you look at Evatt and Hird, they've played together for numerous amount of games. Me, Sid, Alex and Laurence have only played ten or more games. The more you play with someone, the better you get and the more confident you get," Ramsdale asserted.

The same can be said for Ramsdale himself, who since signing on loan from Premier League Bournemouth has seen his performances only get better.

"First and foremost, I came here to play games and keep Chesterfield in the League. What I need to do is keep my consistency as high as I can. Since the Stevenage game when I made the error I feel like my performances have been very level and to a high standard, so I think overall I've settled in well," he explained.

The mistake he made against Stevenage is all a part of the difficulties of being a young goalkeeper.

At 19 years of age Ramsdale still has his whole career to look forward to and at Chesterfield he is gaining invaluable experience. "I spoke to Simon Tracey and my goalkeeping coaches back at Bournemouth who watched the game and they mentioned me trying to over impress. These things make you stronger in the long run so it's about learning," he noted.

"My stage in my career at this moment in time, I need to learn for the next ten years but I'm pretty sure that I've learned from those mistakes and they won't happen again," Ramsdale expressed.

With Joe Anyon fast approaching full fitness again, Ramsdale hopes that the competition he'll provide will only further him as a goalkeeper. "You can't beat competition. You can't beat someone trying to come in and be better than you, working hard to raise your standards. It's another head around the training ground too. You've got me and Dylan who are very young. Simon Tracey and Joe have been brilliant," he observed.

The loanee will go into weekend's game with Lincoln with the proposition of facing another keeper who has helped improve his game since joining parent club Bournemouth.

Imps goalkeeper Ryan Allsop is also on loan from the Cherries and Ramsdale seems to be excited about facing him. "He's taught me a lot over the year and a half I've been there [at Bournemouth]. Last time I spoke to him was last Saturday after our game got called off, saying good luck next week.

"He's a very close friend of mine but we haven't, since Tuesday, spoke about football this weekend. We'll have a hand shake and a 'how are you?' in the tunnel but as soon as we walk over those white lines it'll be like we've never really met each other," he affirmed.

Speaking about this Saturday's opposition, Ramsdale finished off by analysing how the game could play out. "What I think Lincoln will do will be very direct. They've got the big men up top, they look to hit back to front very quickly so if we make it a battle it'll play in their hands. That's what they'll want us to do so if we play football, we've got the talent in our team. We're more than capable of beating them," he concluded. 

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