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Pemberton describes Jordan Sinnott tragedy as 'extremely difficult' for Chesterfield players

Chesterfield's caretaker manager says the club has put psychology sessions on for players affected by the death of former player Jordan Sinnott.

The 25-year-old died from injuries sustained during an incident in Retford last Friday night.

A number of clubs will pay tributes at matches this weekend, while clubs across the country have donated 'Sinnott 25' shirts to Jordan's family ahead of the former Chesterfield, Alfreton and Matlock player's funeral.

When asked about how the tragedy has impacted staff and players at Chesterfield, caretaker manager John Pemberton said: "(It was) extremely difficult, certainly on Monday. A lot of the players knew him, some of the players were really good friends with him.

"Monday's session really, we came in and didn't do a lot of training. We sat down and just let people get off their chest what felt they needed to. I think that was important to them as a group, to discuss how they were feeling. I don't want them to hide their feelings and I didn't want training to be too mind-boggling for them.

"I just wanted them to come in, try clear their heads for the Tuesday and it was a good session. We did a psychology session with them just talking about how to manage their emotions. You can legislate for some things but some things throw itself up that you're just completely not expecting.

"The feedback from it and the honesty that came from it was good and I think that was important for the players, especially the ones who knew him."

Meanwhile, the Spireites face a tough trip to local rivals Notts County this weekend, in a game which will be broadcast live on TV. 

Ahead of the game, Pemberton said: "They're all tough games. There's going to be twists and turns right up until the end of the season. If we win football matches, everybody else is under pressure.

"Notts County are a good side, they're not up there for luck. I've watched them three times and I can't tell you how many times on analysis. They do what they do very well and they've got some good players.

"It'll be a tough game, good atmosphere, hopefully we'll take a few fans down, I think it will be a proper game."

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