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Pemberton: "If we can get another win on Saturday it will be another step towards what is a big challenge."

23 January 2020

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Caretaker manager John Pemberton addressed the media ahead of Saturday’s fixture at home to AFC Fylde and began by explaining his decision to sign experienced striker Nathan Tyson on loan for the remainder of the season.

“I felt we needed a striker,” he said.

“With Mike (Fondop) being suspended I just thought we needed more cover.

“I didn’t think we had the type of player that Nathan is. He’s someone who plays on the shoulder, who runs in behind and he adds that to us.

“I’m delighted to have him and I worked with him at Forest.

“He’s very experienced and I think he’s scored 122 goals in his career so he knows where the net is.

“The main thing is that he was desperate to come and be a part of us so I’m delighted to have him.”

Pemberton has started life as caretaker boss with two wins in a row over Sutton United and away at Eastleigh last weekend.

The caretaker manager was quick to point out that he isn't getting ahead of himself, by claiming: “I don’t want to get carried away with it.

“I work with the players every day and there is work to do.

“They are slowly gaining confidence and obviously the two wins have helped.

“We’ve done alright in both games and when people have been called upon they have done their jobs.

“If we can get another win on Saturday it will be another step towards what is a big challenge.”

A Chesterfield squad which included youngsters and some first-team players travelled to Staveley Miners Welfare on Tuesday night and ran out 3-1 winners.

Goals from Charlie Wakefield and a brace from young forward Luke Rawson secured the victory in what Pemberton explained as a positive exercise for the squad.

“It was good,” stated Pemberton.

“I’ve been wanting the lads to get a bit of football and some of them haven’t had enough minutes.

“People want to play football matches and there is no substitute for football matches.

“I have to say the attitude of the players the other night was outstanding.

“We spoke about when you’re in the team you are responsible for your role and when you’re on the bench you support the right way in case you’re called upon.

“It was another win which is another step to breed another bit of confidence around the club.”

As well as being on a run of back-to-back wins, the Spireites have also managed to keep the opposition out on both occasions.

The caretaker manager put forward that the clean sheets have been down to hard work on the training pitch, by saying: “What we try to do in training is to organise them better and make it more simple.

“We’ve accepted the challenge. The goalkeeper has made some good saves and the defenders have made some good blocks.

“We’ve had the rub of the green in some moments but it’s not like we aren’t working at it.

“We worked hard on it this morning about being out of possession and what your job is within our team.

“There’s still a lot of work to do but we’re trying hard to make us stronger as a team.”

Chesterfield come up against a Fylde team that are currently in 22nd place in the National League and Pemberton was keen to stress that every game will be a test for the Spireites.

“We saw the game at Sheffield United, they’re not bad,” said Pemberton.

“Every game is going to be difficult for us with the position we are in.

“Another tough game and it’s a game that I’m sure they are desperate to win.

“We’ll be preparing exactly how we did for the last two games and no stone will be unturned in trying to come up with a formula and game plan to get the three points.”

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