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Pemberton: "It’s hard to swallow but there’s a lot of good to come out of it."

4 March 2020

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Following Chesterfield’s late 4-3 defeat at home to Harrogate Town, manager John Pemberton gave his thoughts on the game to the press.

He said: “There was a lot of good that came out of the performance. I said before about trying to get the balance right and not going gung-ho.

“I felt the game was a little bit open but we were alright with it.

“I’m disappointed with the goals we conceded. I felt the goals we conceded could have been avoided.

“There was a lot of energy. We went toe-to-toe with a good side. We’re disappointed we didn’t get at least a point out of it because we felt we deserved it.

“I think for long periods we were the better team. It’s hard to swallow but there’s a lot of good to come out of it. We are getting better; we are showing improvement.

Despite the late goal, Pemberton found lots of positives that his side produced during the game, by explaining: “I’m pleased with the attitudes of the players.

“We’ve made some mistakes tonight but they are honest mistakes. They are not sloppy, they are not lazy, they are honest mistakes.

“We look high energy. We look like we can cause people problems. We caused them a lot of problems in the first half.

“I felt okay at half time we just had to tighten up on some things. The last goal is hard to take because it should have never got to that stage.”

Scott Boden scored Chesterfield’s third goal to end his recent goal-scoring drought. The Spireites boss was happy that the striker was able to put an end his goalless run.

“I’m pleased for him. He’s been brilliant. He started in the team and he’s been out of the team. He’s supported his teammates brilliantly,” he commented.

“He deserves that goal because he’s been working hard.”

Regan Hutchinson made his debut for the club by coming on for Josef Yarney in the 65th minute and had a hand in setting up Boden's goal.

Pemberton was also full of praise for the young winger’s performance, saying: “That’s why I brought him into the squad.

“He does that in training. He’s a little livewire and he has a lot of energy.

“He walks in every morning with a smile on his face and when he trains, he trains hard. I thought he did brilliantly for the goal.”

Chesterfield will look to bounce back in their next fixture when they travel to Chorley on Saturday.

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