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Dodds "Embarrassed" at Relegation

4 May 2018

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January signing Louis Dodds admits that he is “embarrassed” with what has happened this season, but hopes the Spireites can put on a good performance for the fans when they travel to Barnet on Saturday (3pm).

It is of course the last game of the 2017/18 season before Town start life in the Vanarama National league next season.

Dodds, who is uncertain about this future, says he will give his all as long as he plays for the Spireites. He said: “It’s a big summer for this football club. We’ve got to appoint a new manager and there’s obviously talks with players about who’s going to be here.

"You have to weigh it all up and then we go from there. I’m 31 now and you want to stay as high as you can for as long as you can. If I’m still here, I’ll give 100% for this football club and if I’m not, I have enjoyed my time here.

"I'm not big-time enough to say that I’m too good for the Conference, but I just know you need a strong squad full of men who are ready to go to war every game and have a right good go at it.

Reflecting on relegation, Dodd said: “I think when we were playing teams in and around us - like Grimsby and Port Vale - they were huge games and I don’t think some of us grasped how important they were.

"When we had three games in hand, we had a little cushion there and thought we would win a couple of those games at least, but it started ticking down.

"I’m embarrassed because we have more than enough to see us out of the situation we’re in. We've come a cropper by not taking the bull by the horns when we had those games in hand and we should be clear now and in party mode.

Club captain Ian Evatt took over as caretaker manager following Jack Lester's departure and Dodds is enjoying his time playing under him. 

“I think it was right to give 'Evo' the chance to move forward. He is enjoying it and the lads are enjoying training so fair play to him.

"Evo has come in and has seen players working hard in training and I think I’ve repaid him by working hard for him. He’s come in and bought in people who he likes around him and I think it’s the most smiles on faces that I’ve seen since I’ve been here.”

Dodds, who was signed on an 18-month deal from Shrewsbury Town, has been disappointed with his lack of game time so far.

“I didn’t play at Shrewsbury a lot so I was trying to catch my fitness up, " he said. "I played two games in three days and my calf was tight and then the gaffer didn’t put me in and that was frustrating. But I think you’ve seen now – whether that’s because the shackles are off – that I’m enjoying it and making things happen.

"It is frustrating when you’re not injured and you’re coming in training. You wait for that chance and another game goes by and then you’re getting ten minutes here and five minutes here. That’s not what you’re paid for.

"People say that you have a good job, which I fully accept, but when you’re not being able to help on the pitch and you really want to help, it’s frustrating.”

Dodds is hoping the squad reward the fans with a positive performance at Barnet and the club rebuilds in preparation for next season. The former Port Vale man added: “I think we owe it to the fans and I think we owe it to Evo and ourselves because we haven’t done ourselves justice.

"If we don’t go down there and put on a professional job, it’s poor on us as professionals and Morecambe as well because they are fighting for their lives."

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