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Darikwa: 'Main Thing Was The Result'

30 September 2012

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Chesterfield youngster Tendayi Darikwa revealed he was delighted to score his first senior goal in the Spireites' 1-1 draw with Torquay United, but admitted that the result was the most important thing. The 20-year-old latched onto Craig Westcarr's sumptuous through ball after Jack Lester's intelligent quick free-kick to open his account for Tommy Wright's side, before Rene Howe levelled just two minutes later.

Neal Trotman's slip allowed the Gulls striker to rescue a point for Martin Ling's side, who made the arduous journey back to the English riviera with a smash and grab point after the home side dominated for large periods.

And Darikwa showed experience beyond his years when facing the club's media after the game.

"It's a moment i'll never forget, but the main thing is the result and not me scoring," Tendayi admitted.

"It was all a bit of a blur. I put my head down and struck it towards the bottom corner and luckily it went in. But like I said, the result wasn't a win. I think Trots slipped, it was their only clear cut chance in the game and Howe put it in.

"I thought we dominated the game from start to finish. We got off to a bit of a slow start in the first-half but we came out in the second-half and moved the ball quicker, created a few chances but unfortunately we couldn't take any. They are one of the better teams in the league, but we should have killed them off with the amount of chances we had."

The Nottingham-born youngster came through the ranks at the club with Jordan Bowery and was given a year's deal for the second time after graduating into the club's first-team last term. Beginning life as an attacking midfielder, Darikwa can also play at full-back and he made his Spireites debut against Burton Albion in a 2010 FA Cup tie.

He had loan spells at both Barrow and Hinckley United and was handed his first league start in a 1-0 defeat against Notts County at Meadow Lane last season. Caretaker manager Tommy Wright handed the 20-year-old his first league start of this campaign in the goalless draw at Sixfields last week and after the Scotsman named the same starting eleven against Torquay, Darikwa is hoping he has done enough to retain his place for Tuesday's trip to the Globe Arena.

"Hopefully I've done enough to keep my place," he added.

"Obviously Tommy's moved me back into midfield and I'm happy to play anywhere as long as i'm in the team. I feel good, but obviously my fitness isn't quite there yet. Reserve games are not as quick as first-team games. But hopefully the more games I play, the more I learn. 

"I didn't think I did too bad. I've set personal targets about how many games I want to start, but i'm not going to tell anyone. I'll just take it one step at a time and Tuesday is the next step."

Another Chesterfield youth product Bowery was recently sold to Aston Villa after he impressed during John Sheridan's tenure and Darikwa revealed that it has proven a great incentive for the likes of Mark Randall, Jacob Hazel, Craig Clay and Scott Boden.

"Bows is from Nottingham so i've grown up with him" Ten said.

"I was in the youth team with him and I've known him a long time, all the lads are happy for him. It's good for him to get a move and it just goes to show if you put good performances in and work hard where it can get you."

You can watch Tendayi's interview exclusively on Spireites Player.

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