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Football: We're doing okay but clean sheets would help us be more consistent; WEEKEND FOOTBALL BRIEFING Q&A Lee Richardson, Chesterfield manager.

Byline: Steve Davies

Mansfield at home tomorrow - that should be a nice feisty derby.

Someone said to me that because it's Mansfield at home, it's a foregone conclusion. But football doesn't work like that and I expect Mansfield to come here and be battling for their lives.

And they'll be buoyed by the fact that you have only won twice at home this season.

Yes, but our performances have been good. In five of those home matches we were in front but for whatever reason - focus, individual mistakes - we couldn't hold on. It's a shame because our away form is sensational and we know we should be higher up the league.

Up there with the MK Dons. They're the 10-11 favourites for this division but are they that much better than the rest?

We beat them down there 2-1 at the end of November and that leaves us 13 points behind them with a game in hand, which is nothing with more than half of the season to go.

What they have is the consistency that everyone else is lacking. But, I'll be honest, if they win the division by a street and we finish second I won't care less.

The key to promotion has to be getting your home form right.

Absolutely. One point from our last two home games in a week, against Rotherham and Bradford, just wasn't good enough. It isn't as though we aren't creating chances.

It's clean sheets we need if we are to get to where I think we should be.


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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Dec 21, 2007
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