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Pemberton on Notts County defeat

1 February 2020

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John Pemberton expressed his disappointment after his side’s 3-0 defeat away at local rivals Notts County on Saturday and underlined Scott Boden’s penalty miss as a pivotal moment in the game.

“It was a big moment in the game for us,” he said. “We started the game well, I thought we looked strong, sharp and hungry.

“I think we deserved the penalty, it was disappointing not to score that, but I still think we were okay. I was disappointed with the goals we conceded, the goals we conceded were down to stuff we worked on and individual errors.

“The penalty is disappointing, it’s a kick in the teeth and it hurts, goals change games, they scored first and we didn’t.”

The Spireites caretaker manager admitted Notts County showed why they were deserving of the victory but suggested the result was harsh on his side.

“It wasn’t a 3-0 game but the frailties that we have as a team showed in parts of that game.

“The players are disappointed because the 3-0 doesn’t look great. But I’m not interested in people hanging on the defeat, we’ve got another game and we have to be better than we were in parts of that game.

“They’re a good footballing side and I think the difference today was they were better on the ball than us. It will be a tough week, but we’ll accept it and we will be better Saturday.”

Chesterfield now face Wrexham next weekend at the Proact and Pemberton remained positive promising his side will come out looking to make amends.

“It’s happened and we have to recover. To ask us to win every game and remain unbeaten from now until the end of the season probably won’t happen.

“We have to be realistic, we’re going to lose games, the big thing is how we recover on Saturday. I know where the team is, I know the effort and the work that they put in is good.

“I’m only interested in the recovery and how we can get ready for Wrexham next week. They’re all must-win games, we have to try to win every game just like we did today, but it didn’t quite work out today.

“We’ll have Nathan Tyson and Mike Fondop back which will give us more off the bench which we didn’t have today, we’re a bit unbalanced but that’s where we are. There are no excuses, we have to be better.”

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