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Tommy Pleased With Blank At Home

27 December 2012

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Chesterfield goalkeeper Tommy Lee was delighted with his first clean sheet at The Proact Stadium this season, after his side cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory over a hard working York City on Boxing Day.

Goals from Drew Talbot, his first of the campaign, second-half substitute Danny Whitaker and Tendayi Darikwa after a goalless opening period ensured Paul Cook's side bounced back from a heavy defeat at Roots Hall last week and moved to within just one point of the division's play-off places going into the final game of 2012.

But Tommy, who missed a fair chunk of the season with a shoulder injury, was pleased with his team's contribution at both ends of the pitch as the Spireites recorded their first clean sheet in front of their home support since the 4-0 demolition of Wycombe Wanderers last April.

"It's nice to keep a clean sheet," he said at full-time.

"I wasn't aware it was that long ago that we kept one though. But we defended well in patches and I think it was the right result.

"I think it was important we kept a clean sheet today. We were sloppy down at Southend last week and it was important that we bounced back with a good win."

Chances were few and far between in an even contest at Whittington Moor, but the 26-year-old right-back gave the home side the lead within 60 seconds of the restart to become the 17th different goalscorer for Town this season.

With strikers Marc Richards and Jack Lester both absent, Chesterfield's resurgence has been even more remarkable and former Oldham Athletic winger Danny Whitaker's introduction from off the bench yielded an immediate impact, as he slammed home with his second touch after the Minstermen had applied a smattering of pressure on Lee's goal.

But the home side weren't content and completed a two-minute double salvo, with youngster Darikwa adding a flattering third to reward a patient Spireites with a belated Christmas present.

"The gaffer said we'd get on top if we stuck in the game for 70 minutes and we did," added Tommy.

"That is what you have got to do in this league, make sure you are still in the game in the last 20 minutes. 

"We did that and I think we scored some good goals. Drew [Talbot] did well for the first and Whits came on and got another and we got there in the end.

"The gaffer let us know in no uncertain terms that the performance down there [at Southend] wasn't good enough. It wasn't, we all knew that and it was important today."

Jim Bentley's Morecambe are the next to visit Derbyshire after they inflicted a 2-0 defeat at the Globe Arena back in October. 

The Shrimps have mustered just two wins in their last 12 league encounters and a win for the hosts could see Chesterfield move into the division's top seven for the first time this season as the Spireites' play-off push continues to gather momentum at the turn of the new year.

"We've got to pick up points [in the next two games]." he added. 

"If we want to get to where we want to be we have got to be winning home games and going to the likes of Accrington and making it difficult for them. We showed that a couple of years back, I think we got a draw there in the last minute.

"I've only played 12 or 13 games this season, but Gillingham were a big, strong side. But if we play well, we're the best team in this division.

"We're going in the right direction. The one thing that every football player wants is to win football matches and you can see the desire from the gaffer. 

"That is what we're going to do."

You can watch Tommy's interview in full exclusively on Spireites Player


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