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Pemberton: "I won’t allow standards to drop."

12 March 2020

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Chesterfield manager John Pemberton spoke to the media ahead of his side’s long trip down the country to Dover on Saturday.

After his side’s 2-1 win away at Chorley last Saturday took the Spireites out of the bottom four, Pemberton outlined the importance of making sure his team keep high standards despite being outside the relegation zone.

“It was a relief we were out of the relegation spots after the game against Chorley,” he admitted. “But when we came back Monday it was important for me to reinforce that we need to carry on what we are doing.

“It doesn’t change now, we’ve trained really well but that’s been the same the whole time I’ve been here. They need to know what to accept and not accept, it’s important for them to police themselves.

“If I’m not happy with what’s happening I will stop the game and start again. If need be I can kick someone into action but not all the time because it can lose its meaning. But I won’t allow our standards to drop.

“We’ve achieved what we wanted to do in getting out of the bottom four, it’s a weight off our shoulders but I still want that weight to be there – it’s about getting the balance right.”

The Spireites boss expects another difficult game away at Dover and says the preparation for the game won’t change despite the recent upturn in form.

“We will approach this match like we’ve done every game, we will give ourselves the best chance to win the game.

“We look at what their strengths are obviously, but we also look at what our strengths are and have been. We just have to balance that right.

“It will be a tough game, they’re a good side. Even though they’ve lost the last couple of games, they’re still a big, physical team.

“You also have to consider playing away, it’s a long journey which goes hand in hand in getting down there and winning the football match. They’re all difficult games for us.”

Pemberton also spoke about the pressure and expectation his team has leading up to the end of the season.

“The games are bigger for us because we don’t want to go back into the bottom four. There is a possibility it could happen of course.

“Realistically, are we going to win every game from here to end of the season, considering the run we’ve had from the start of the season, it would be very hard.

“There is also every chance it could happen, we are in a position where we are fighting to be out of the bottom four, there is less pressure maybe at the moment because we are out of the relegation spots.

“Sometimes when you’re in the bottom four, the mistakes are magnified but we are desperate to not go back into it.”

Pemberton also provided the update on his squad’s fitness, the Spireites boss added: “Injury wise we are alright, there were a few illnesses but no injuries. Shwan Jalal was fine today.”

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