Why John Pemberton does not believe Chesterfield's clash against Harrogate Town is a "free hit"

John Pemberton refuses to see tonight’s clash with in-form Harrogate Town as a “free hit.”

Tuesday, 3rd March 2020, 12:12 pm
Updated Tuesday, 3rd March 2020, 12:13 pm

All of Chesterfield’s relegation rivals lost at the weekend and failed to take advantage of the Spireites not being in action.

Not many pundits will predict a Blues win against second-placed Harrogate at the Proact but that does mean Pemberton and his players will be an easy touch.

"We want to win,” Pemberton said.

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"It is an opportunity to play football and take another stride to getting out of the bottom four.

"We do not want to get beat.

"If we lose it and we have done well and we have done everything then we have to say 'well done Harrogate you were better than us' but I do not see it as a free hit.”

He added: “I know what the players are capable of doing.

Spireites caretaker manager John Pemberton.

“I will kick their backsides if the standards are not there and they know that.

“They were never in that place eight weeks ago and that is one thing we have done as a group better and it gives us a platform.”