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Pemberton: "I didn't think we deserved to win it"

26 January 2020

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John Pemberton admitted after yesterday's 1-1 draw at home to AFC Fylde that a point for either side was probably a fair outcome.

“I thought they were a good side, Fylde," he said. "I said to the players before the game, 'This will be our toughest out of the three games we’ve had'.

“They’ve got good players. We started well, we got on the front foot but when you’ve got players like they have, they are always going to have moments in the game where they are going to stretch us and in the end it might be a good point.

“There’s a bit of frustration. I think what we said right from the start is we have to be honest and I didn’t think we deserved to win it today.

“The supporters are disappointed that they’ve scored and so are we. But if we’re honest, I think the goal was coming.”

Jonathan Smith scored his third goal in as many games and the caretaker-manager praised the midfielder’s attitude since returning to the team.

“I know what 'Smudge' is and when I did this last time, he was great," said Pemberton. "He was out and I wanted him back in because I know what he brings to us.

“It’s three in three for him so I’m really pleased for him. I’m just disappointed that we couldn’t hold on.”

Goalkeeper Shwan Jalal continued his fine run of form, making multiple saves to deny the AFC Fylde attack.

Pemberton said: “He’s been great. We were disappointed that Ross (Fitzsimons) got called back yesterday. But Shwan keeps doing what he’s doing.

“He’s obviously earning his corn at the moment but I don’t think he had much chance with the goal."

Just before the hour-mark, Nathan Tyson made his debut from the substitutes bench following his loan move from Notts County and Pemberton was happy with the striker’s cameo. “He’s that type of player. Tyson has always been like that. He doesn’t give centre-halves a minute.

"You can see he’s still got pace and he’ll play on the shoulder. Obviously it’s his first game. He’s only trained with us for a day and he’ll get better.”

The Spireites are away at Notts County next Saturday and Pemberton talked about what his team need to do from now until the trip to Meadow Lane.

“They just need to keep doing what they are doing," he commented. "They’re training really hard and they’ve got a good spirit about them.

“We need to try and iron out the little faults we’ve had to show them where the improvements can be made and show them what they have done really well. Then we need to our homework on Notts County."

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