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Rico Searching For Ruthless Streak

6 January 2013

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Chesterfield striker Marc Richards is hoping he can hit a purple patch in front of goal to help his side arrest their current slide.

The Spireites are currently languishing four points off the League Two play-off places having played a game more than their promotion rivals, after a run of three successive defeats on the road over the festive period has seen them fall behind the division's chasing pack.

Paul Cook's side have managed to acquire just five points from an available 18 since they comfortably dispatched of high-flying Port Vale at the start of December and the former Valiant is determined to rediscover his goalscoring form.

"We were very disappointed with the way the goal came about just before half time," said Rico following the 2-1 defeat against Wycombe.

"We need to be more ruthless both at the back and up top. We created a lot of chances in the first half, but at the moment it just doesn't seem to be going for us.

"I thought we played very well in the first half, it was very a one-sided affair but in the second half it was completely different.

"That's the thing at the moment, our luck is out," he added.

"But we seem to be saying this week in, week out. We're good in one half and then not so good in the other, you can't get promoted playing like that.

"We need to be more resolute throughout the team, a bit more nasty and we need to see games out."

The veteran striker has managed just four goals in 19 appearances since his summer switch from Burslem, as his season has been plagued by injuries.

The 30-year-old missed the best part of a month after opening his account for Town in the 4-3 victory against Paul Cook's Accrington Stanley at Whittington Moor in September when he suffered ankle ligament damage in the dying seconds.

The former Northampton Town striker made his comeback in a 2-1 home defeat to Fleetwood in October, but following a hamstring strain he didn't feature until the 2-1 win over Oxford in November.

Richards was withdrawn on the stroke of half-time at Roots Hall following a complaint over the latter injury, but after returning to the side in 2013 he has been denied by the crossbar twice in as many games.

But Rico has vowed to hit the goalscoring trail sooner rather than later.

"You've just got to keep plugging away," he said.

"I've not had too many chances tonight or in the last couple of games but I seem to be creating chances for others and it's just not going in.

"We'll keep working hard on the training ground, the gaffer won't let us ease up. It's time now to assess where we are going and I think the gaffer will have a few ideas what he wants to do in January.

"I feel sorry for the supporters, we had a good backing tonight and it is a shame we couldn't come away with the three points for them tonight.

"But believe me, we work hard in training and we're just not getting the rub of the green at the minute."

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

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