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O'D Pleased With Clean Sheets

7 November 2012

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Chesterfield goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell revealed his delight with a third successive clean sheet away from home in League Two, after the Spireites held high-flying Bradford City to a goalless draw at Valley Parade on Tuesday evening.

Chances were few and far between on a blustery November evening in Yorkshire, but the former Sheffield Wednesday stopper earned his stripes after denying City captain Gary Jones' early free-kick.

It is the third successive clean sheet on the road after 1-0 victories of Aldershot Town and Exeter City and O'D is pleased he is doing his bit for the team.

"We didn't really look in danger tonight," he told the club's media staff at full-time.

"They had a free-kick early on that I had to save, but we look pretty solid away from home and now we've just got to start getting points at home. It's been coming, there have been a few late goals, but that is where we have got to see the game out.

"I had my side covered and luckily I got across quick enough to tip it around the post.

"Neither team created too much, but we've had three clean sheets away from home and as long as we can keep going like that, we are dangerous going forward so I think it is just a matter of time before we start picking more points up.

"We won at Aldershot and Exeter with two clean sheets and it's just unfortunate tonight we couldn't create more chances."

The 24-year-old was largely a spectator on Saturday, as he watched his team-mates run riot against League One strugglers Hartlepool United. He did twice deny giant striker Steve Howard, but was forced to pick the ball out of the net after Anthony Sweeney's consolations 12 minutes from time.

On loan Hull City youngster Liam Cooper made his debut for the Spireites against Micky Barron's side, but he was forced off midway through the second-half. Captain Sam Hird was named as his replacement against the Bantams, after serving a one-match ban for picking up five yellow cards.

And O'D, who knows all too well about competition for places after stepping in for the injured Tommy Lee, insisted he knew there would be no problems with the former Doncaster man returning.

"We all know Hirdy is a good player," he added.

"It was just unfortunate for Coops because I think the gaffer said if everyone was fit then it would be the same team. But we're happy with the clean sheet and hopefully we can get another one on Saturday and pick up a win this time."

And he also had something to say about his team-mate's bright pink boots.

"He can get away with what he wants Terrell, he's that good!"

You can catch O'D's interview in full exclusively on Spireites Player.

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