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Pre Match: Hill On Chesterfield

1 February 2013

Manager Keith Hill reflects on last Friday night’s goalless draw against Cheltenham Town and looks ahead to his first home match back in charge as his side prepares to welcome Chesterfield to Spotland.

“It [the Cheltenham encounter] was a really good game to play under bad conditions as it has shown me a lot about the character of the players,” said Hill. “Character has got to last from the first minute to the 95th minute and it did on Friday. They’ve proved that they can do it so that type of character is going to be needed from now until the end of the season, from every player. They’ve showed it training – it has been an enjoyable week and a constructive week. I’m learning about them and they’re learning about me and now we’ve got to start putting it into practice in matches. I think it [the clean sheet and the performance in bad conditions at Cheltenham] has given the players a lot of confidence and we’ve got to make sure we bring that to the table at home as well.”

Saturday’s clash with Chesterfield marks Hill’s first home game back at the helm, and he can’t wait to get back in the dug-out at Spotland: “I’m looking forward to it. It is business and that is when I’m judged, the players are judged and we’ve got to make sure that we have the courage to perform in front of our home supporters. We want to give the supporters encouragement with performances and our application and we’ve got to create a momentum at home. We’ve got to create a certain style of play, there has got to be an urgency in it as well and we have got to make sure we have the crowd on our side.”

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