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The Lads Are Gutted

9 September 2012

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Chesterfield goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell revealed his delight at finally getting his first competitive start for the Spireites despite conceding a last-gasp equaliser at Bootham Crescent, although the youngster did insist the main thing was the result.

The 23-year-old came on for Tommy Lee in Chesterfield's 2-1 win against Paul Dickov's Oldham Athletic on Tuesday evening, after last season's Player of the year came off with a shoulder injury in the closing stages. Lee is expected to be sidelined between six to eight weeks, meaning the former Sheffield Wednesday stopper is likely to finally get some first-team action under his belt.

He was kept relatively quiet against Gary Mills' side, but was left powerless to prevent Jason Walker rescuing a point for the Minstermen with a wonderful volley.

"Obviously the main thing was the result and unfortunately we let two points slip," O'D told Spireites Player at full-time.

"The lads are gutted in there, it feels like we've lost the game. It's something we must build on, it's hard to get our heads round it because obviously we should have won. But we've just got to move on and we've got a week to prepare for the next game.

"I thought we defended well in the second-half when we needed to. Obviously we switched off just after we scored out first goal, but we had a great reaction to score the second so quickly and I thought we'd hold out. But it just wasn't to be."

After claiming a couple of early crosses, O'Donnell was forced into a routine save when he tipped York skipper Chris Smith's downward header over the crossbar. He had to be at full-stretch to protect the Spireites' slender advantage in the first-half, diving to his right to deny Michael Coulson's curling free-kick.

Coulson then beat O'Donnell with an audacious chip to square things up, before Craig Westcarr reinstated the visitors lead and O'Donnell was kept relatively untroubled as captain Sam Hird and defensive partner Neal Trotman kept the home side at bay during the second period.

"They're both good players, I feel confident behind them," he added.

"Obviously starting a game is going to affect my week slightly, although I try and prepare every week as if I'm going to play. But as soon as I played on Tuesday I couldn't wait for today and now I'm looking forward to next week.

"Personally, I've just got to try and take one game at a time. We're all disappointed but we've got to get on with and get ready for next week.

You can watch Richard's interview in full, exclusively on Spireites Player.

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