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Talbot: "We go again."

31 March 2018

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Chesterfield defender Drew Talbot says that he’s looking forward to trying to put things right on Easter Monday, when Newport County visit the Proact, 3pm.

The Spireites suffered a frustrating afternoon at Port Vale yesterday, going down 2-1 in the Potteries. However, Talbot believes that the match with the Exiles is perfect opportunity to make amends. 

“I think it is positive that there is a game coming round so soon which is always good,” Talbot said. “It is a big game now on Monday. I think they are all big games now anyway. 

“It would have been good to get the three points today and put pressure on people. We go again now on Monday.” 

Michael Flynn’s side are currently sat in mid-table in League Two and forced Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur to a replay in the FA Cup earlier this season. However, Talbot believes that every game in the remainder of the season is going to be tough. 

He said: “I think they have been up and down a bit this season. I have seen them play a couple of times on TV against Tottenham and they gave them a scare. 

“I think every game is going to be tough. I think after that game we have got teams around us who are going to be fighting for their lives so it is up to us to knuckle down and get ourselves out of the mess we are currently in.” 

The Spireites fell behind just before half-time at Vale Park as Danny Pugh gave the hosts the lead before being dismissed for a strong challenge on Jacob Brown just moments later. 

It did not take long for the Spireites to make their numerical advantage count following the restart as Louis Reed scored a sublime free-kick to level things up. However, a late strike from substitute Ben Whitfield secured all three points for the home side. 

“It just was not good enough. I am lost for words. We were in the game. We just shot ourselves in the foot, it is really disappointing,” the defender told iFollow. 

“We were dominating anyway (before the red card). We just did not win the ball back quick enough and allowed them to recover. There was not a lot of movement. 

“You think you are going to go on and win when they have a man sent off and you get it back to 1-1. It is difficult to take.” 

A total of 879 Chesterfield supporters made the trip to Vale Park, and now the popular full back is determined to reward the Spireites faithful next time out. 

He added: “We have let them down today, it is simple as that. They have followed us with great support and they probably thought we were going to win the game as well.

“It is not going to be a good few days for me, it hits me just as much as it does them. Hopefully on Monday we can put a smile back on their faces.” 

The 31-year-old re-joined the Spireites in December following his departure from Portsmouth and is pleased with the progress he is making in regards to his fitness. 

He said: “I have played a few games in midfield which is tough. I enjoy playing full-back which I think I have done alright at. 

“On a personal level, I feel like I am still not fully fit. I am on a good run (of playing games) at the moment but it is hard to be upbeat about anything when you have just lost.”

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