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Three days ago I wrote about Josh Ginnelly beginning to make his mark at Walsall; the story for another of our young players Tom Anderson is a very different one at Chesterfield.

Ginnelly has had to fight to win a place in the Walsall side and, having done so, is now impressing manager Jon Whitney, particularly with a couple of performances when he’s been their best player.

1516 burnley tom anderson 00 630x420There was no fight for Anderson to win to get his place at Chesterfield where he spent time last season on loan. Having made a substitute appearance just after making the move to Derbyshire, he went straight into the side for the next game and has been there since other than missing one game through suspension.

On a personal level he’s getting a lot of games at League One level but this is at a club that appears to be in crisis. They are now bottom of the league having lost their last seven games and haven’t won since mid-September.

On the field it they are far from well and off the field matters seem to be even worse. Chairman Dave Allen resigned this week and yesterday four more members of the board followed him out of the Proact Stadium leaving the club in turmoil.

Tom can only effect things on the pitch and pointed to the need to work hard to try and turn things round. “It’s what we are doing,” he told the Derbyshire Times. “Unfortunately sometimes in football teams can go on runs, we’re on a poor run at the minute but we keep doing what we’ve been doing and at some point it will change and we’ll climb up the league.

“We can’t sit around moping and feeling sorry for ourselves, that’s not going to do anyone any good. We’ve got to get back up, work hard and get ready for Saturday to try and get a result.”

With concerns over the finances at the club, he at least knows his pay will not be affected but he said of the situation: “The best thing we can do is try and do our job. We’ve got to go out on Saturday and put in a good performance, that’s all we can do, it could lift everyone.

“If you get a few wins on the bounce the confidence and the mood improves, although there’s nothing wrong with that at the minute. Everyone has got to stick together. Games are coming thick and fast and we have to make sure we’re ready for them. In football things can change just like that. The lads will stick together and we’ll do our best.

“It will stand me in good stead. Football is not always easy, never easy in fact. I’ll learn from this and it’ll give me experience for the future.

Anderson is back in Lancashire today as Chesterfield face Fleetwood and is certainly gaining some experience. He made 18 appearances for Chesterfield last season and has added 13 more already this season.

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