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Tendayi Pleased With Progress

21 October 2012

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Chesterfield youngster Tendayi Darikwa revealed his delight after a scintillating performance at St James Park helped his side to another 1-0 win on the road in the sparkling Devonshire sunshine yesterday afternoon.

The 20-year-old winger enjoyed one of his most fruitful performances of the season against Paul Tisdale's Exeter and supplied a sumptuous cross for Huddersfield loanee Chris Atkinson to head home the decisive goal just after half an hour.

Polish goalkeeper Artur Krysiak denied Darikwa the goal his display had merited, before at the other end former Sheffield Wednesday stopper Richard O'Donnell denied Liam Sercombe to guarantee all three points returned back to Derbyshire.

And Darikwa conceded that it will most likely be his round after his team-mate spared his blushes at the death.

"I think on the Christmas night out, i'll have to get O'D [Richard O'Donnell] a drink because he kept us in it at the end with a couple of good saves," Tendayi joked.

"It was Jack [Lester] or Rands [Mark Randall] that put me through, I can't remember too much. I think I just panicked a bit in the end. Hopefully the next one I get, I can put it away.

"Drew [Talbot] threw me the ball and I just thought to try and beat my man and get a ball in the box because I knew someone would get on the end of it. Luckily, it was a good ball for Atko [Chris Atkinson] to head in."

Caretaker manager Tommy Wright has shown faith in the Nottingham-born wide man since his interim spell and he opened his account for the Spireites in a 1-1 draw against Martin Ling's Torquay at the Proact Stadium earlier this season.

Darikwa has gone from an to strength ever since, culminating in a superb display against the Grecians yesterday and he is hoping he can continue his rich vain of form.

"I thought I did well today and put a few decent crosses in. Hopefully in the next game, If i get the chance to put someone in I can do it again.

"I'm just ticking the games off with every appearance. Obviously, we've got players coming back from injury, some of the older players and more experienced so it is going to be hard to keep my place in the team. But hopefully with performances like today I can keep my place.

"It's not my choice to pick the team, so I have just got to keep doing well in training and on match days."

Tendayi spent a month a loan at Barrow alongside team-mate Craig Clay in 2010, before also having a short stint with Hinckley United. 

His brief stay with the Knitters was called short as he made his first team bow against Notts County last season and after the surprise acquisition of former Portugal international Luis Boa Morte last week, he is hoping he can learn from the Premier League winner.

"Obviously Luis is a top player, he's played at the top level throughout his career," Ten added.

"In training, I watch him and learn. His movement and technique is very good to watch and learn from.

"There's no rivalries [between the young players]. We all play in different positions. We're part of a team, if one of us in the team and the others aren't then the others have to be on the bench ready to come on.

"From the first whistle, we knew it was going to be a tough ask. Exeter are a good team. I think they were in the play-offs before today, so we knew were going to have to put a shift in for each other and we stuck together."

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

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