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Togs: "We're Still Fighting"

3 March 2013

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Spireites midfielder Sam Togwell insists his team-mates are still fighting for a play-off place, in spite of Paul Cook's side languishing in 14th and trailing local rivals Rotherham United by 10 points.

Chesterfield ended their barren run of over 270 minutes of football without a goal and managed to record their first away win since early December with a hard-fought 1-0 win over manager-less Dagenham & Redbridge at Victoria Road on Saturday afternoon.

The former Scunthorpe midfielder made his 300th league appearance in Essex and clinched the only goal of the game, in spite of Dagges captain Abu Agogo helping it on its way in.

"Jay's trying to claim it, i'm trying to claim it. Deep down I think, it was an own goal," Togs revealed after the game.

"The ball was sprayed out wide, I made the run into the box and caused a bit of havoc I suppose and it hit their defender and went in."

It was only the Spireites fourth win in their previous 14 outings following a run of four wins on the spin, which culminated in a 2-0 victory over title-chasing Port Vale.

The Liverpudlian takes his side to Whaddon Road to face promotion contenders Cheltenham Town on Tuesday, as a jam-packed fixtures schedule gathers pace during March.

"It's not going to be pretty from now until the end of the season.

"You can tell by the pitches and teams are fighting for their lives. It's no different for us, we're still fighting for a place in the play-offs and where we think we should be.

"Every game from now on is going to be a battle. Today, I think we stood up to the test. That bit of luck that we haven't had for the past few weeks finally came our way.

"We haven't scored as many goals as we would have liked, but we're not conceding many either.

"Two games now unbeaten and we want to go on a run. The next game is on Tuesday and we've got to make sure we recover to go down to Cheltenham and pick three points up."

Togwell missed last week's goalless draw with Aldershot Town following complains of a hamstring twinge but returned to the side alongside captain Sam Hird in the engine room as Cook plumped for 4-4-2.

It proved to be fully vindicated, as the visitors put in a workmanlike performance in difficult conditions and the ex-Iron midfielder revealed he suffered no repercussions after completing 90 minutes.

"It was fine, it was more precautionary on Tuesday," he added.

"Had I played that I wouldn't be stood where I am today. My sensible head kicked in, three years ago I would probably have tried to play and pulled it. In the end it was the right decision."

French-born forward Armand Gnanduillet also made his first start for the Spireites alongside striker Marc Richards and the former Le Havre man bolstered the attack; proving to be a constant threat particularly in the air.

Jack Lester didn't make the trip to Essex following a virus and Togwell believes the unknown youngster can go from strength to strength.

"He's a handful, sometimes he doesn't know what he's doing so he's difficult to defend against!

"He's come in, been a breath of fresh air and he works hard. I'm sure he'll get another goal soon.

"He likes to kick people, you can see out there. He gives as good as he gets but he's calmed down now and he just enjoys his football."

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

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