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Pemberton: "I’m absolutely delighted with the three points"

7 March 2020

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After Chesterfield’s vital 2-1 win away at Chorley, manager John Pemberton spoke to the media and began with what he thought about the performance.

He said: “That was a tough game. It’s as tough as we’ve had just because of the circumstances of it. The last ten minutes were tough.

“You can look at the last ten minutes but to be fair they were hanging on most of the first half. It could have been four or five in the first half.

“We’ve given a goal away at the end and we were hanging on. It was a poor goal to give away. We switched off from a free-kick. The goal could have been avoided.

“They are bottom of the league so they can throw caution to the wind and they were chucking everybody up. They passed the ball better than we did in the last ten minutes and we were hanging on.”

Despite the tough last knockings of the game, Pemberton was still pleased with the overall outcome of the match.

“I’m pleased with any goal but it was just pleasing to get the second one. The pressure today was we needed to win the game. Losing the game on Tuesday made this game tough,” Pemberton said.

“I’m absolutely delighted with the three points and that’s what we were worried about today was the three points. We’ve managed to get that.”

Shwan Jalal was replaced at half time with debutant Ross Fitzsimons. The Spireites manager gave a slight update on Jalal’s condition, by saying: “He got injured in the first half I think and he was struggling. He’s been struggling a little bit this week so we couldn’t chance him.

“He got a bang at home on Tuesday when he went down. He got a bang in the chest. He’s been struggling to breathe and he felt it tighten up. In the first half, he couldn’t quite lift his arms.”

Fitzsimons came on to make his competitive debut for the Chesterfield and made a few saves which kept the Spireites in front.

The boss talked about why he had confidence in the Notts County loanee, stating: “We’ve got a brilliant replacement and now you know why I brought him in. He made a decent save, he looks at ease, he kicks it well.

“He’s quite calm and I’m happy with that. That’s why we needed another goalkeeper.”

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