Assistant manager, Leam Richardson believes the draw against local-rivals Sheffield Wednesday yesterday wasn’t about the result, and was happy with the Spireites performance.
Chris Maguire struck on 90 minutes to ensure the Owls left the Proact Stadium with a draw, after Hamza Bencherif had opened the scoring midway through the first half for Chesterfield.
Richardson, who arrived from Accrington Stanley this summer, was full of praise for the team, despite conceding the late leveller.
He said: “It’s pre-season, so it’s not necessarily about results, but we played to win the game. I thought the application and professionalism from both teams made it a good game for the fans. Drawing was disappointing in the end, but we’re pleased with how it went.
“I thought the shape and the structure of our team was good. We still need to work on a few things, and we’ll do that this week, but going forward I’m generally pleased with the application and how the lads performed," added the Assistant Manager.
Triallist, Bencherif, opened the scoring on 25 minutes. After some superb football in the middle, Gary Roberts’ exquisite cross found the head of the ex-Nottingham Forest man, and he nodded past former England international Chris Kirkland. Richardson was delighted with how the goal came about.
He explained: “It’s no secret; we’re trying to play football. The goal was very good; it was the first time we had a good passage of play. He took the goal really well.”
Summing up pre-season, the Assistant Manager has been delighted with how the players have reacted, but still believes there is hard work still to be done.
“Pre-season has gone really well; I think the lads have enjoyed it. The fitness levels are good because we’ve had some tough games. We’ve got out of it what we wanted and hopefully we’ll hit the ground running on Saturday,” explained Richardson.
The Spireites opening fixture takes place next weekend against, Bury. The assistant boss believes there is still work to do, but is confident of a result.
He said: “We’re preparing for Bury best we can. The lads still need a lot of work and we want to hit the ground running, so it’s still hard work. We’ll go to Bury, hoping for a good performance and a great result.”
You can watch the full interview on Spireites Player.