Chesterfield striker Jacob Brown says that the Spireites need to stay united and not feel sorry for themselves, after their 3-1 loss to Lincoln City on Saturday.
Despite a taking the lead via Alex Whitmore’s header and displaying a spirited performance, Lincoln equalised through Michael Bostwick on the stroke of half time. Before second half goals from Scott Wharton and Ollie Palmer sealed the contest for the Imps.
Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Brown said: “We know we’ve got the quality to beat any other team.
“We’ve got to keep together like we are doing, and we can’t beat ourselves up because that’s going to make us play even worse and we’re not going to have a chance the next game, so we need to stick together, keep pushing each other and hopefully get a result next week.”
Throughout the match Lincoln tried to dominate with their physicality, using long balls to their forwards with two of their goals coming from set pieces.
“I think even before that (the game) we knew that their one strength is just hitting the ball long to the striker and playing from that,” Brown explained.
“We knew we needed to press the centre half’s and not give them that opportunity, when we did that we found the ball a lot more, we had more chances and we got the goal and that gave us the confidence to keep going.”
Brown, on loan from Barnsley, made his home debut for the Spireites and produced an impressive performance. He frequently troubled Lincoln’s left side with many impressive runs and created some good chances for himself as he cut inside on numerous occasions.
“I had a few chances,” Brown reflected. “One was a great save from the goalkeeper, there were a few where I should have hit the target and if one of them goes in then it’s a completely different game and we maybe would have gone on to win it.
“I feel like I could’ve done better, but I’ve showed a bit of what I can do. I’ve just got to keep working hard in training, giving 100% all the time and hopefully get more chances in the games coming up.”
Brown debut also marked his first time playing with striker Chris O’Grady, as part of a front three with Andy Kellett.
“It’s great playing with a guy like Chris because you know he’s going to bring one down or flick it on for you to run on to,” Brown said. “Playing with him you know your going to get a lot of the ball, so I just had to stay around him and hope for the ball to drop to me.”
Meanwhile, Brown offered his and the team’s best wishes to the supporter who was taken ill during the game.
The match was subject to a 30-minute stoppage in the 26th minute, when a Chesterfield supporter was taken ill and later flown by air ambulance to hospital in Derby, thankfully the supporter is responding well to treatment.
“It’s an unfortunate circumstance,” Brown added. “We didn’t hear too much about it we just knew that someone had fallen ill, but our thoughts go out to the fan himself and the family.”