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Richardson: "Credit to Northampton."

27 November 2013

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Assistant manager Leam Richardson was left frustrated on Tuesday as Chesterfield couldn’t break down a solid Northampton Town defence.

The game finished goalless in a match with little chances but the former Accrington manager started off by praising the opposition.

He said: “I think you’ve got to give credit to Northampton. They are scraping for their lives but on paper they’ve got a very good team and they weren’t going to come here and lie down.

“I thought our lads had good work rate, they stuck at it from start to finish albeit we weren’t as productive as we would have liked in the final third. If we were a bit brighter and had a bit more penetration we would have won the game but on reflection Northampton only had one shot on goal.

“I’m started to take confidence that experienced managers are showing us that much respect that they don’t want to win the game or press forward so take credit and confidence from it moving forward.”

Chesterfield have yet to concede in seven hours of football and the 33-year-old praised the back five for their solid defensive work. 

“The stats are starting to add up with clean sheets and I think the lads at the back have been immense,” said the assistant manager, before adding: “Getting clean sheets is a great habit to be in because results are built off the back of that and the lads are working hard daily with that.”

That’s eight games unbeaten now for the Spireites and they will be hoping to make it nine when they face Newport County on Sunday.

“Newport are a solid team and we’ve done our homework on them,” said Richardson. “The manager and chief scout Paul Mitchell has been down a few times so we will show them a lot of respect. We expect a tough game on Sunday. We are going down there to get three points.”

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

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