Why John Pemberton is confident he will get a reaction from his Chesterfield players against Wrexham
John Pemberton is confident he will get a reaction from his players when Chesterfield face Wrexham in a crucial relegation battle encounter at the Proact on Saturday (1pm).
The Spireites are fourth bottom of the National League and three points behind Dagenham and Redbridge who sit one place above them.
A win over Wrexham will cut the gap to their opponents to just two points and drag the Red Dragons closer to the relegation mix.
Town were beaten 3-0 at Notts County last time out but caretaker boss Pemberton is sure his team will be better against Dean Keates’ men.
"I will get a reaction, I have no doubt about that,” Pemberton said.
"I think they (the players) are in a different place than they were (earlier in the season).
"I was not interested in going in there (dressing room) and reading the riot act.
"We have got to pick ourselves up.
"Saturday is a big game but they are all big games.”
The Blues have seven home games and six away trips to save themselves from a third relegation in four years.
So far under Pemberton they have won two, drawn one and lost one from his four matches in charge.
When asked what he was looking for in training this week he said: "Enthusiasm, a bit of desire, a bit of discipline, a bit of hard work, a bit of commitment, which is what I have had since I have been here. More of the same, but probably a little bit more.
"I am not interested in people moping around, we have got another game and we have got to go again.”
Chesterfield will be able to call on top scorer Mike Fondop again after missing the last three games through suspension.
Nathan Tyson will also be available after being unable to play against County due to the terms of his loan deal.
And it seems likely that at least one of Fondop or Tyson, if not both, will start against Wrexham.
"We will have more impact hopefully from the substitutes bench which we did not quite have that against Notts County,” he added.