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Pemberton: "The lads showed a lot of spirit today"

4 January 2020

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After a 1-0 win over Sutton United in his first game as caretaker manager, John Pemberton gave his opinion on the Spireites’ first victory this decade.

He said: “It was tough. They’re a good side Sutton, they put us under pressure certainly in the second half.

“I thought we started the game well. We should have gone one up in the first half.

“They are quite direct and we were really juggling what we had at the end trying to keep us in the game.

“But the lads showed a lot of spirit today. I thought they were magnificent. I’m pleased with the result.”

Following the final whistle, both Mike Fondop and Sutton’s Craig Eastmond were sent off after engaging in a scuffle.

The caretaker gaffer felt the incident put a dampener on the day and said: “I’m disappointed with Mikey getting sent off at the end because I thought he was unplayable today and we’re going to miss him.

“I saw them come together and I spoke to the referee. I said, 'What happened?’ and he said, 'It's violent conduct.’

"I’m not sure if he quite knew what happened but it’s the end of the game, send them down the tunnel and nobody is none the wiser. And that’s what disappoints me about it.”

There was over 3,200 strong at the Proact Stadium to see the blues win and Pemberton had a message for all of the Spireites fans.

“I had some great messages from the supporters yesterday, getting behind them and they did. They were good to their word.

"I thank them a lot for that and the players spoke about that after. They gave us the lift at the end. Thanks to them and I’m glad you got what you deserved,” Pemberton stated.

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