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Pemberton: "We have a desire within us to win football matches"

20 February 2020

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Newly named Spireites boss John Pemberton faced the media ahead of Ebbsfleet’s visit to the Proact on Saturday.

Pemberton firstly reacted to receiving the managerial job until the end of the season, speaking highly of the club and people around him.

“I’m pleased it’s done,” he said.

“It doesn’t change anything for me, my focus has always been to keep us in the division. I don’t know how the fans feel about it, I hope it’s a positive thing. For me, the big thing is the support I’ve had around the club.

“Everyone has been great, all my staff have helped us to get where we are right now. It’s definitely a team effort and you can’t do anything on your own.

“So, it’s a big thank you to everyone for the position I am in now. It’s got rid of a lot of questions which were being made.

“I wasn’t too worried about rushing into it because other things were more important than that decision. It had to be the right decision and hopefully, the games we’ve had and the way it has developed makes it a better decision.”

Ebbsfleet currently sit in the relegation places, one place and four points behind the Spireites but Pemberton expects a tough game this weekend.

“I think they’re quite strong, they had a good win at the weekend," explained the boss.

"I watched the game and it was a battle. They’re down the bottom end of the table with us, scrapping for survival like we are.

“It won’t be any different with people needing to be organised, needing to fight for what we get and we’ve got to be good.

“If we’re not good we’ll be in trouble, we’ve got to focus on the good things we’ve been doing and do them well. We’re going into the game trying to win it.”

Following the postponement of Chesterfield’s fixture against Yeovil last weekend, the Spireites boss outlined his team need to keep momentum going, by stating: “We need to bring to the table what we’ve shown, initially we have to start well and show enthusiasm.

"We’ve been training at a good tempo, we have a desire within us to try to win football matches.

“The players are in a better place mentally as a group than they were six weeks ago. We are beginning to look forward to playing the games now.

“We all know one performance can knock you backwards, but we’ve done quite well at home, we just have to impose ourselves on the opposition and do what we’ve been doing.

“I think what we’ve been doing has been good we just need to eliminate the errors we’ve been making every now and then.”

Pemberton also confirmed there were no fresh injury concerns and gave positive news on Matt Tootle’s injury, adding: “We’re okay, Tootle is working on the grass but is probably one or two weeks off.”

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