Chesterfield are not 'going away' from National League promotion race, says defender George Carline

Matchwinner George Carline says Chesterfield are ‘not going away’ as the National League promotion race hots up.

Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 12:31 pm

The 28-year-old has been in outstanding form and will be in the running for the player of the year award at the end of the season.

The full-back scored the winner against Bromley - his first goal for the club - to move Town back into the play-offs.

“It shows we are not going away, we know we have slipped up in terms of results but performances have been there,” Carline said. “We are not a group that is going to get down, we know we have got talent in the group and we know we are always going to get chances.”

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George Carline scored his first Chesterfield goal in the win against Bromley.
George Carline scored his first Chesterfield goal in the win against Bromley.

When asked if he thinks the play-off race will go right to the wire, he added: “I think it is. Points-wise, it is very tight. We have just got to keep focusing on ourselves. We have got to stick with how we are playing, the philosophy of how the manager wants us to play and the results will come. We have hopefully got back on track and I hope the fans can take faith from that.

“But like the manager says there is no point getting in the play-offs if you are not going to win it. I have experienced losing in the play-offs a couple of years ago and it is not a good feeling so I am ready to go one better this year.”

Boss James Rowe said the defender consistently runs 11.5km a match and his high intensity runs are ‘through the roof’.

Carline, who has played every minute of Rowe’s tenure, said he is feeling fit and strong and is ready for the ‘final push’

On his time at the Blues so far, the fan favourite added: “I have really enjoyed it. It is nice to get a good run of games. Last couple of years at Solihull I did not get as much time as I had hoped but James has shown faith in me this season and I think I have improved and I am still improving.

“I have not been in full-time football that long so I feel that training every day and having the coaching from the gaffer and the staff I am only going to improve.”