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Pemberton: "There’s a fight in them and they want to succeed."

1 January 2019

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Speaking to Spireites Digital after Chesterfield drew 2-2 away at Solihull Moors, caretaker-manager John Pemberton stated that it was a tough day’s work, but was pleased by the attitude shown by his team after coming from behind twice.

“It was tough. Really tough. We’ve played against a good, physical, functional, second ball team,” he said.

“We didn’t particularly start well. I thought the first half formation worked a little bit in patches, but you’ve got to pass the ball.

“I think we corrected it second half. The substitutes responded really well, and to come back from a goal down.

“To go a goal down again so quickly after we scored. We can’t do anything about the second goal.

“To come back again, and we could have won it at the end with Smith’s header, I have to be really pleased.

“They are obviously disappointed because they think we could’ve won it at the end.”

Alex Kiwomya returned from injury and came off the bench at half-time on Tuesday.

The winger made a big impact as he assisted both Chesterfield goals, and was a constant threat on the left-hand side.

Pemberton pointed out how pleased he was with Kiwomya’s performance, by saying: “He’s not 100%. That’s why I was toying with it, and that’s why I didn’t start with him.

“He did make the difference when he came on. He got us up the pitch and he caused them problems in the second half.”

Marc-Antoine Fortune started for the Spireites for the first time since November and got Chesterfield’s first goal at Solihull.

The caretaker-manager was positive when talking about the forward’s impact, by explaining: “I thought he did alright.

“I was toying with playing him in the last game but I hadn’t seen him.

“I had a good chat with him on Saturday before the game, and he showed me that he was ok.

“He’s got a bit of quality and sometimes you need a little bit of experience.”

The Spireites face Ebbsfleet United in their next game at the Proact on Saturday, and Pemberton put forward that there are plenty of positives he can take forward into the fixture.

The caretaker-manager said: “I think it’s an unbelievable result. Don’t underestimate what the players have done today.

“They’ve come back twice against a team two weeks ago they would have never come back.

“They’ve shown spirit. There’s a fight in them and they want to succeed.”


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