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Pemberton: "All we can do is keep controlling what we are in control of"

5 March 2020

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Chesterfield manager John Pemberton addressed the media ahead of the trip to Chorley and began by outlining the positives of Tuesday night’s match against Harrogate, despite the Spireites falling to a narrow defeat.

“We debriefed it this morning,” he said.

“A lot of good came out of the game but I was obviously disappointed with the result.

“I was disappointed because I felt we deserved something out of it but there were a lot of positives to come out of that and we showed the players that in the meeting.

“If you look at where we are now compared to eight weeks ago, we are in a different place.

“We don’t want that result to derail what we have been doing.

“At the end of the day we lost the game but there were a lot of positives from the performance.”

Regan Hutchinson came on in the 66th minute against Harrogate to make his first appearance for the Spireites and impressed with a lively display, playing a big part in Chesterfield’s third goal of the night.

Pemberton explained that the 18-year-old has the right attitude and mindset to push for more first-team opportunities.

“The first thing I want from a young player is that I want them to enjoy what he’s doing,” stated the boss.

“Regan comes in with a smile on his face every morning.

“He wants to be involved and when he’s not involved he supports everyone.

“Whether he’s playing in the first team or second team it doesn’t make any difference to him, he wants to play.

“He plays with enthusiasm. When he’s not been involved he’s around everyone, he’s an infectious little character, he’s bubbly and you can see he has good attributes.”

Fellow substitute Scott Boden also made an impact off the bench, converting from close range to end his spell without a goal and the manager pointed out how happy he was to see the forward end a 10-game goalless run.

“I’m really pleased for him,” put forward Pemberton.

“He’s done everything that we ask, he’s a proper professional and he works hard.

“His attitude has been spot on like they all have.

“I’m glad he’s got that monkey off his back because his goal will hopefully help him move forward.”

The Spireites come up against a Chorley side that sit bottom of the National League standings, however, the 55-year-old is under no illusions that Saturday’s clash will push his side.

He said: “We’re coming off the back of a defeat and we are going away.

“They are in and around us so there is something to play for.

“People might think that they are already gone which then gives them the freedom to play.

“We aren’t underestimating Chorley because they play some decent football and they were unlucky the other day.

“They were unlucky not to get something from their game against Eastleigh and certainly could have won it.

“They are neat and tidy and have got some good players.

“All we can do is keep controlling what we are in control of and that is ourselves, our preparation, how we recover and train the team.

“The first thing we’ve got to do against any team is to have an attitude to want to play and with an intensity that we train at.

“They are bottom of the league but they work hard.”


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