Chesterfield Assistant Manager, Leam Richardson, was disappointed with the result against Leeds United on Wednesday night but believes there are many positives to take forward from the game.The first round Capital One Cup fixture was decided in the first half after two quick-fire Leeds goals cancelled out an early Spireites lead taken through Eoin Doyle.
The Championship outfit saw out the remainder of the game and will advance to the next round despite a strong Chesterfield performance that saw the League Two side enjoy prolonged spells of possession and pressure.
Richardson highlighted the intentions of the squad going into the game: “We just wanted to give a good account of ourselves, which, on reflection, I’m sure we did.
“The result’s very disappointing but the performance is something we can reflect on and take a lot of positives from." added the Assistant Manager.
Doyle's goal came after a slick passing move in midfield eventually made its way to Drew Talbot on the right wing, the full-back directed an inch-perfect cross towards the head of the striker who made no mistake in finishing past Paddy Kenny.
“I think the goal was fantastic, whatever level of football, if you see that type of goal it deserves to be shown," explained Richardson, who was delighted with the move.
The Spireites had chances to draw level in the second half with Talbot, Jimmy Ryan, Armand Gnanduillet and Nathan Smith all going close. Richardson hailed the team's performance against one of England's biggest clubs.
He said: “Throughout the game we had some really good passages of play and we created some openings against a very good team."
Echoing the sentiments of Kevin Lynch after Saturday's game against Bury, Richardson was full of praise for the travelling support. “When the supporters can out-sing the likes of Leeds United at Elland Road, the hairs stand up on the back of your neck," claimed the 33-year-old.
After reflecting on the Leeds result, the Assistant Manager was quick to turn his attention to the League Two fixture against Cheltenham on Saturday. He said: “You can’t rest, you can’t stand still, you must be proactive. Tonight, sadly we haven’t got the result which is fine, we quickly move on looking to Cheltenham and forward.”
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