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Humphreys: "We Were In Control."

18 November 2013

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Spireites full-back Ritchie Humphreys hailed the team's performance as Chesterfield ran out 2-0 winners over Torquay United at Plainmoor.

The win extended Chesterfield's unbeaten run to six games and was their third consecutive clean sheet in all competitions; the PFA chairman claimed that it's not just the work of the defensive unit that has protected Tommy Lee's goal.

He said: “We were strong, we were in control. It isn’t just the back five that should get the plaudits, we know the lads in front of us work their socks off to press the ball high up the pitch so they couldn’t get into crossing or shooting positions.

“We got our goals from pressing high up the pitch in the first half. We knew we just had to shut the back door as the pitch was a bit sticky and tricky.”

The 35-year-old commented on the Spireites recent form. “It’s been a tough six weeks, we’ve not had the rub of the green really. There’s been a couple of performances where we haven’t been at it as a team and we totally take that on the chin," explained Humphreys.

“We set our stall out at the beginning of the week to progress in the FA Cup, the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and to get another league win here at Torquay so it’s been pleasing that everybody’s played their part.

“The messages in training have been that we’ve got to win games. It’s alright playing well but nobody remembers when you play well and draw or get beat. It’s about winning games in football.”

The veteran left back made his 600th league appearance on Saturday and was delighted to have reached the landmark. He said:  “I didn’t think I’d still be playing at the age I am so I’m very thankful for it and I was a very proud man today to lead Chesterfield out as captain.

“I’m just delighted we’ve won. We all made sure we went over to thank the travelling support because it was a tremendous following considering the distance.”

To watch the full post match interview, log on to Spireites Player.

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