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Talbot Pleased With Winner

31 March 2013

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Drew Talbot couldn't hide his delight after his 30-yard screamer gave the Spireites a precious three points at the Pirelli Stadium.

The 26-year-old drifted inside from the left before unleashing an unstoppable drive that flew past Burton keeper Stuart Tomlinson seven minutes after the break.

The win put a halt to nine successive wins on home soil for the Brewers and move Chesterfield to within seven points of the League Two play off places at the former Luton Town man was delighted after manager Paul Cook urged his players to try their luck from distance.

"I think he was talking about other people rather than me," Drew joked after his screamer at the Pirelli Stadium.

"I've not scored many goals but I've got a knack of scoring at this place. As soon as I hit it, I knew it was in or on target at least and thankfully it's won us the game.

"I remember in the first half me and Conor [Townsend] had a couple of chances but they smothered us a little bit. We said at half-time to keep getting wide and he made a great run inside that took the full-back with him and I had a good touch, it sat up nice and I didn't think twice.

"Mark Randall is trying to claim an assist purely for a sideways pass, but I was just glad to see it hit the back of the net."

It was only Talbot's second goal of the season after his strike in the 3-0 win over York City and he found himself employed on the left-hand side of midfield in Staffordshire.

Talbot has earned himself a reputation as a utility man during his time at Whittington Moor this season, having been employed both right and left-back, on both flanks and even up front in the 2-0 defeat to Morecambe at the Globe Arena.

Left-back Nathan Smith is out for the season following an ankle injury he sustained against Oxford and after replacing him at Plainmoor, Talbot insists both he and Hull City loanee Conor Townsend are happy to fill the void left by the Jamaican international.

"It's unlucky for Smudge," Drew said about Nathan Smith's injury.

"Everyone's devastated what's happened to him. The gaffer has asked me if I could fill in there and me and Conor seem to do really well together.

"He's a young lad, but he gives you a lot of information and I can fill in if he decides to bomb on."

The result at the Pirelli Stadium sees Burton fail to leapfrog Northampton Town into third, while Chesterfield remain seven points adrift of seventh-placed Exeter City.

The Spireites also face fellow promotion-chasers Bradford City and Fleetwood Town in April, but first they must negotiate a tricky visit of high-flying Port Vale on Easter Monday.

"We knew it would be tough, they are up there for a reason," he added.

"People might say it's only Burton but they're up there for a reason and the table doesn't lie.

"We respected them and I think we dug in in the last 20 minutes. It might be a bit too late in the season, but as long as we're still in the hat we'll give it 100 per cent.

"I think results might be dependent upon other people, but as long as we can keep winning our games hopefully someone will slip up."

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

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