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Crossley on Ebbsfleet draw

2 November 2019

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Goalkeeper coach Mark Crossley spoke to Spireites Digital after Saturday’s draw at Ebbsfleet and began by stating that it was a credible point for Chesterfield away from home.

“We’re a little bit disappointed but we are away from home and Ebbsfleet had a good win at Chorley,” he said.

“We have to respect a point away from home.

“We’ve been on a good run ourselves and I think today showed we have improved on our battling qualities.

“There were half-chances for both teams.

“We feel as though we gave our goals away today and had to earn ours more.

“We’re on a decent run and we are quite pleased with the way we are going at the moment.”

Shwan Jalal had to go off at half-time on Saturday and the likes of Curtis Weston, Tom Denton and Josef Yarney didn’t make the squad.

Crossley gave an injury update, by explaining: “He (Jalal) had a problem with his back so we couldn’t risk him carrying on.

“We’ve had a few lads down with the flu, I think there are seven or eight that haven’t made the trip.

“Tom Denton rolled his ankle in training on Thursday and it came up like a balloon, it’s not a serious one.

“Curtis Weston has been a victim of the flu along with a few of the others.”

Manager John Sheridan has claimed on a number of occasions that he wants players from all positions to get on the scoresheet.

The goalkeeper coach put forward that Haydn Hollis’ equaliser shows this and it displays the blues’ strong mentality.

“It just shows the character of the team at the moment,” he said.

“He (Hollis) steps up the other end and scores a great header for the equaliser.

“We’ve got a lot of character at the moment and we are pleased the way it’s going.”

Chesterfield have a two-week break before their next National League fixture at home to Chorley and Crossley finished his post-match interview by saying he and the coaching staff will take the positives from Saturday’s draw.

“We are reasonably pleased but we are disappointed win didn’t win the game,” stated Crossley.

“You come away from home and get a point and you have to be happy.”

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