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Pemberton: "As a collective, we’re moving forward"

13 February 2020

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Spireites caretaker manager John Pemberton spoke to the media ahead of Chesterfield’s trip to Yeovil on Saturday.

Pemberton reflected on his side’s thrilling comeback last weekend against Wrexham but admitted there’s still a long way to go to secure safety.

He said: “It’s three points, we knew it was a big game last week, but they’re all big games. The pleasing thing was the reaction to going behind and coming back twice.

“I always talk about the weeks training leading up to a game and that feel-good factor around the dressing room – that’s been good this week. The lads are in good spirit, they’re ready for the game, hopefully, they can perform.

“We need to win games and we won it. There will definitely be twists and turns. The biggest thing for me is that other teams have started looking over their shoulders.

"We are desperate to get out of the bottom four and that’s been our focus.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do, some tough games coming up, it’s definitely in our hands.”

Chesterfield will be looking to make it back-to-back wins on Saturday and Pemberton said the focus leading up to the game has been all about what his team can do.

“It’s about concentrating on us,” he said.

“We’ve done okay in the five games I’ve been here. We’re moving forward. I’m not too worried about their form, they are up there so they’re going to get a reaction.

“It’s a live game so I’m sure people won’t be going out wanting to play poorly in front of the cameras. It’s another tough game, we’re away from home, it’s a long journey.

“We’ve got to deal with everything. We’re looking to exploit them as best we can, whether that’s in a good or poor spell.

“Hopefully we can give the fans who are going down something to be happy about on the way back.”

Pemberton also discussed his team’s mentality and how important the player’s mental side will be in order to stay up.

“In my time that I’ve been here, the players have always had fight in them, they knew the position that we’re in is not a good one and they should be doing better.

“They took responsibility from the start, what they then have to do is actually make something happen and we are slowly doing that.

“As a collective, we’re moving forward. The biggest thing is the connection the supporters are starting to get back with the team. That was important for me when I came in to do that.

“We always want the players to have a go, show honesty and show enthusiasm with a desire to win a football match.”

There was confirmation of no new injury concerns from Pemberton and an update on Matt Tootle who continues his recovery. Pemberton added: “Everyone is fine, it’s good to see Tootle back out training but we need to be careful with him.”

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