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Pemberton: "I want a reaction, the players want a reaction"

6 February 2020

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Caretaker mananger John Pemberton spoke to the media ahead of Chesterfield’s encounter with Wrexham at the Proact on Saturday.

Pemberton reflected on last weekend’s defeat to local rivals Notts County and said his side have had a positive week following the defeat.

“It’s not been difficult to pick my team back up really,” he said.

“We’ve looked at the game – in the first half, there wasn’t much in the game. Goals change games we know that going into half time 0-0 instead of being ahead was a huge turning point for us.

“We didn’t quite recover from that but we’re not dwelling on that. We came back in Monday did what we had to do and training has been good.

“I want a reaction, the players want a reaction. Hopefully, the fans see a difference in the team, we can move on with the supporters fully behind us.”

The Spireites host Wrexham this weekend but Pemberton says his focus is completely on what Chesterfield can do, not the opposition.

“I only want to comment on us and what we expect from ourselves," explained the caretaker boss.

"They’ve had a decent run of late, they’ve brought some players in and are looking to bring some more before Saturday.

“I don’t worry too much about what they’re doing, I look at what the game's going to be like and how we can be better. If we can be better, we’ll be harder to play against.

“We’re both in similar positions, it’s a big game and we know that. We just have to take it game by game, try and win football matches and eliminate the losses.”

Chesterfield’s caretaker manager outlined what vital things he wants to see from his team in order to get back to winning ways, by saying: “I want to see endeavour, enthusiasm which goes hand in hand with doing the basics right.

"I would like us to be better in possession which lets us down at times because games become a fight when we could take control of it.

“The three games before last Saturday we’ve looked hungry, full of energy. When I first took over the team people said the team wasn’t fit enough but I don’t think you can say that now.

“I don’t think it was about fitness I just think it was about not having the sharpness, but we’ve worked on intensity work and we repeat it.

“It’s just building blocks with seeing how we are in and out of possession. We need to see what makes us stronger and the lads are having a real go at trying to turn it around.”

Pemberton also confirmed there were no fresh injury concerns and gave a positive update on Matt Tootle’s injury, adding: “Everybody is fine, Tootle is back on the grass but not ready yet.”


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