Pemberton wants to see Spireites 'better in possession' ahead of crucial Wrexham clash

Chesterfield's caretaker manager wants to see 'endeavour and enthusiasm' from his players in this weekend's crunch game at home to Wrexham in the national league.

John Pemberton told Peak FM he wants to see his players better in possession, following a 3-0 defeat to Notts County last weekend: "I think that lets us down sometimes because games become a fight. We don't quite take control of it because we lack a little bit of confidence in possession.

"In the three games before we've looked threatening, hungry, energy. When I first came through the door people said they didn't think the team was fit enough, well I don't think that's the case now."

Pemberton also spoke to us about the situation regarding goalkeeper, Ross Fitzsimons. He was re-called by parent club Notts County and played against Chesterfield last weekend, saving a penalty and keeping a clean sheet against the spireites. 

The caretaker boss said: "He's gone up in the pecking order with regards to respect, I think the players can see that. He did really well and I think you have to admire his professionalism to do what he did."

The Spireites will have strikers Mike Fondop and Nathan Tyson available again this weekend, with Fondop returning from suspension and Tyson missing out last week due to Chesterfield facing his parent club.

On their return Pemberton said: "I wouldn't put it down to just the front line, you want your strikers scoring goals but we need to be better as a team. It all goes hand-in-hand really.

"It doesn't help with confidence if you've got strikers who haven't been scoring but you can't pin it down on one thing. We've got to be better, we've got to create more chances, we've got to be better on the ball and we've certainly got to be better out of possession.

Victory for Chesterfield can bring them within two points of this weekend's opponents, but Pemberton says his sole focus is on his own players: "I don't worry too much about what they're doing, I look at what the game is going to be and how we can be better.

"If we can be better, we'll be harder to play against. We're both in similar positions, it's a big game and we know that."

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