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Chesterfield: It Was A Good Clash With A Very Good Team

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Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Sun 4 Dec 2022
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Following FC Halifax Town’s 1-0 win over Chesterfield, manager Chris Millington spoke to Shaymen TV to give his thoughts on the game.

“I enjoyed it. It was a good clash with a very good team,” Millington said. “We started off maybe a little bit loose in terms of some of our technical work, our passing, and receiving. Chesterfield had the better of the early exchanges but weren’t ever really under any great pressure. Again, it was a game where’d you say Sam Johnson has played well without really having to do a huge amount. I really enjoyed it and we’re delighted with the result.”

Rob Harker netted the only goal of the game after Ross Fitzsimons could only parry Matt Warburton’s initial free kick into the path of the striker.

“I don’t know if I’m just being biased but I think we were the stronger team,” Millington told Shaymen TV. “I think we did create the better chances. Chesterfield are a phenomenal side on a great run, but its another team we’ve come up against who were in a particularly strong run of form. We played Solihull Moors a couple of weeks back who were unbeaten at home this calendar year and we’ve played Chesterfield today who had won eight of their last nine and drawn the other one. So we have shown we can go toe to toe with the best teams and we’re finding a way to beat them. We now need to continue that and make sure we do it again on Tuesday.”

Millington was delighted to see the return of several players today with Jesse Debrah coming on in the second half, Jordan Slew making the bench, and Jack Hunter on the bench returning from suspension.

“Jesse has been very ill, but we’ve had him back in training this week,” Millington said. “It felt like too soon to be starting him and we have to be sure that we’re fair in terms of the lads who have performed so well for us in recent weeks. They deserved the start, but it’s great to have Jesse back around it. There’s also others coming back to fitness; Jordan Slew, Jack Hunter back available again, and Tom Clarke is getting there as well. So it’s looking a bit different to when we went to Solihull and we were down to the bare bones.”

Up next for the Shaymen sees Dorking Wanderers visit the Shay and the gaffer feels suitably prepared for Tuesday’s opponents.

“We’re looking forward to Dorking,” Millington told Shaymen TV. “We’ve prepped for that game a number of times now so we probably know them better than any other team in the league, the amount of analysis we’ve done on them. Their team has changed a little bit since the first time we were due to play them, but their style of play hasn’t. We’d expect an open and exciting game on Tuesday night here at the Shay and we’ll be fully prepared to go again and see if we can repeat today’s result.”

Watch the full interview on Shaymen TV.

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