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Pemberton: "The four goals and the clean sheet are massive"

22 February 2020

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Following Chesterfield’s 4-0 home win against Ebbsfleet United, manager John Pemberton spoke to the media about what he thought of Saturday’s emphatic victory.

He said: “What pleased me today was the four goals and the clean sheet are massive because our goal difference isn’t great.

“The game was scrappy. It was a scrappy first half although I felt we were the better team, but I didn’t want it to carry on like that.

“Defensively, out of possession and all over the park, we were very difficult to handle. The first goal was a big platform for us.”

Nathan Tyson made history becoming the first Chesterfield player to score a hat-trick after coming on as a substitute.

Pemberton explained why he made the change and what he thought of the striker’s performance, by saying: “I almost made the change after 20 minutes, but I stopped myself doing it. I just kind of read it.

“I said at half time that if it doesn’t change within the next five or ten minutes then I’m going to change it because I felt we needed to.

“I’m pleased for him because he’s a good pro and he’s looked after himself over the years. I’ve known him for a long time, I know what he’s capable of and you can see why I’ve brought him in.

“I know he’s a good impact player. I know he will make a difference to us. It’ll be difficult to leave him out next game.

“He just wants to play, and you can see his enthusiasm for the game.”

The Spireites changed formation for the game, opting for three in defence rather than the four that started against Wrexham.

“We’ve looked good in training and I think the three centre-backs today have probably had their best game. I think they were solid.

“It’s nice to be able to have this change. I don’t think it is necessarily about formations, it’s about principles and being able to do the job that has been asked of them,” Pemberton said.

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