On loan Barnsley man keen to impress Chesterfield and parent club
Dylan Mottley-Henry is confident Chesterfield will be able to climb the League Two table, starting on Saturday at Morecambe.
The Spireites travel to the Globe Arena hurting off the back of Crawley Town’s injury time winner at the Proact last time out.
But the 20-year-old on loan from Barnsley is eager to play his part in helping Chesterfield stave off the threat of relegation out of the Football League.
He said: “This is an opportunity like in any game for us to pick it up. Hopefully Saturday will bring the change and we’ll be able to get on a run.
“We believe that we’ll be able to get up the table with the management and staff. We’ve just been a bit unlucky at the moment. But I believe we will be able to get up there.”
Mottley-Henry had spent the first half of the season on loan at National League side Tranmere Rovers and says there was a noticeable jump in standards when making his Chesterfield debut against Crawley.
“There’s a big difference in the quality of players,” he said. “I was thankful to get the start, obviously we didn’t get the result, but hopefully we can pick it up on Saturday.
“The standard is much better in the Football League. It’s still scrappy but the quality is there. There’s much better players, I would say.
“As a 20-year-old you need to be playing games in the Football League. It’s alright playing in the Conference but Football League is where I want to be playing and higher.
“That’s my main aim right now; to get appearances and try my best to impress.”
And for Mottley-Henry it’s a chance not just to impress those in charge at the Proact but also any potential new manager at his parent club.
Paul Heckingbottom left Oakwell to take up the hot seat at Leeds United this week with Paul Harsley taking over the reins before a new manager is appointed.
“It’s always hard when a new manager comes in,” said Mottley-Henry. “You’ve always got to keep impressing in football.
“One of my Bradford coaches told me it will be one of the longest interviews you will ever have.
“So you’ve got to keep impressing, when a new manager comes in, you’ve got to try and do your best.”