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Pemberton: "We need to understand where we are and accept responsibility"

30 January 2020

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Caretaker manager John Pemberton spoke to the media ahead of Chesterfield’s short trip to Notts County on Saturday.

On the back of the 1-1 draw against AFC Fylde at the Proact last Saturday, Pemberton expressed his side’s change of mentality towards the result and said the Spireites will be positive ahead of this weekend.

“When we came in after the game, the players were disappointed that we’d drawn a game," he said.

"It’s been a long time since we could say that. We’ve had three games, won two, drawn one, we’ve still got momentum and we’re unbeaten in three.

“I always look for the following week after a game about what could help us to win the next game and if I look at the atmosphere and the attitude coming in after a draw instead of a loss makes it different in training and around the club.

“It’s another point on the board but we want to win football matches. I don’t put a team out to draw I always look at how to give us the best chance to win that football match.

“On the run we’ve had before I’d say the draw was a point gained but our games are always going to be tight at the moment because of the position we are in right now”

Chesterfield travel to local rivals Notts County looking to remain unbeaten under Pemberton but the Spireites caretaker manager is not confronting this game any differently.

“They’re all tough games, I don’t disrespect any opposition we face because we’re not down at the bottom of the league for no reason," claimed the caretaker boss.

"We are there because of what’s happened, how we’ve been playing and our form in the first half of the season.

“The games have all got pressure because of where we are, there’s going to be twists and turns right up to the end of the season, we’re not really looking elsewhere, we’re focused on us. If we win, everyone else is under pressure.

“Notts County are a good side, they do what they do very well and they’ve got some good players. It will be a tough game, good atmosphere and hopefully, we will take a few fans down to a proper game.”

Pemberton touched upon how his side have looked to change since his return as caretaker manager, by saying: “We need to understand where we are and accept responsibility. I need to get them more organised and make my side harder to beat.

“The players said they needed to understand how to be more organised which is why I’m working on that with them but they have to go and do it.

“We talk about getting in a routine, if things aren’t going well they won’t improve if you keep them the same, it’s about refocusing them on things to create a habit which affects behaviour and performances.

“We have 14 games where we could go on a run, either way, we just do our homework and treat every game the same.”

The Spireties caretaker manager assured there were no fresh injury concerns ahead of Saturday and provided an update on Matt Tootle, adding: “We have one or two knocks but they’re all alright for the weekend, Tootle is back on the grass doing his running.”

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