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Tendayi: 'We Went Under'

23 December 2012

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Spireites winger Tendayi Darikwa refused to blame a heavy pitch at Roots Hall for the 3-0 defeat against in-form Southend United and instead revealed that his side 'went under' following Ryan Cresswell's 50th minute opener.

The former Rotherham United centre-half, who has now managed an impressive haul of eight goals so far this season, gave the home side a deserved lead five minutes after the restart when he pounced on a loose ball in the box to half-volley home via the aid of a deflection off Darikwa himself.

Former Dagenham & Redbridge striker Gavin Tomlin then helped himself to a brace, to ensure all three points remained in Essex and continued the Shrimpers run of 13 games without defeat.

But in spite of a terrible playing surface at Roots Hall, the Nottingham-born wide man wasn't looking for any excuses following Chesterfield's first defeat in six.

"Obviously you don't lose 3-0 and play well," Tendayi told the club's media staff at full-time.

"We need to train well on Monday and take that into Wednesday against York.

"We knew Southend were going to bombard us with the long ball with the two quick lads up front and I thought we weathered the storm in the first half.

"We got to half-time and losing Rico [Marc Richards] was a big blow for the lads, but I think we came out in the second half and as soon as they got the first goal, we just went under.

"We're a team that like to pass the ball, but you can't blame the pitch. It was the same for them as well and we're going to play on pitches like this for the rest of the season, so we need to accept that and adapt to it."

The defeat was the heaviest of the season so far and sees the Spireites drop to 12th place in League Two, after missing out on the chance to leapfrog Paul Sturrock's side into the division's play-off places on Christmas morning.

Town welcome York City and Morecambe to the Proact Stadium over the festive period, before Paul Cook returns to his former employers Accrington Stanley on New Year's Day as Chesterfield sought to arrest their inconsistent form in their quest for promotion.

But Darikwa, who has burst into the first team following two loan spells away from Whittington Moor in previous campaigns, is hoping he can continue the progress he has made towards the back end of 2012.

"I'm taking it one step at a time, game-by-game," he said.

"The next one is on Wednesday and if i'm not in the team, hopefully I can fight my way back in and cement a first-team place.

"Obviously scoring my first professional goal and playing week in, week out [was the highlight of his season so far]. That is what every footballer wants to do, but like I said I'm taking it one step at a time and hopefully I can continue."

The Minstermen make the trip to Derbyshire on Boxing Day, after the two teams shared a 2-2 draw at Bootham Crescent in glorious sunshine earlier this season courtesy of Jason Walker's dramatic late acrobatics.

Chesterfield have now played everyone in League Two this season and at the half way stage, Darikwa is wary of the threat each team int he division carries.

"We need to keep winning games, so hopefully against York on Boxing Day we can take all three points.

"You can lose to the bottom teams, mid-table teams and top teams. We went to Port Vale the other week and battered them. We've got to prepare ourselves right to win every game we play.

"I'm wishing the fans a happy Christmas. We're sorry about tonight, but hopefully we can win on Wednesday and put it right."

You can watch Ten's interview exclusively on Spireites Player

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