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Richardson Happy with Victory

10 November 2013

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Spireites assistant manager Leam Richardson was delighted to reach the second round of the FA Cup after beating Daventry Town 2-0.

Two second half goals from Gary Roberts and Jimmy Ryan were enough to seal Chesterfield’s passage through to the next round of the competition and Richardson started off by paying tribute to a spirited Daventry display.

He said: “We’ll compliment Daventry on their performance, application and work ethic they showed today. I thought they were outstanding but it’s a cup competition and you’ve got to win to go through and we knew that they weren’t going to come and lie down. We are just happy to be in the next round. 

“We always felt we would get stronger in the game through our fitness levels but teams like Daventry aren’t going to come and sit back. They are going to come and have a go. A quote from their manager was that it was the biggest game in their clubs history, so it was always going to be a fight.

“When teams haven’t got anything to lose and nothing to fear, they are dangerous. What you can do is work and apply yourself properly and get the result, which we did today.”

A goal just before the end marked Ryan’s first goal for Chesterfield and the 33-year-old believes the midfielder has the ability to pitch in with more this season. 

“I think everybody knows that Jimmy’s got a great strike on him. He needs to show it more, but he knows that because he can score good goals and today proved that.”

This was the first of three big games for the Spireites this week, and the former Accrington Stanley manager is hopeful the victory can kick start a good run. 

“We are in a promotion place, through to the second round and we’ve got a good game coming up on Tuesday. We’ll get our heads down, regroup and look forward to the game against Rochdale,” he commented.

“We’ve got a really good chance to get through to the semi final of the JPT, and we travel to Torquay next weekend where we could potentially go back to the top of the league.

“I think everyone at Chesterfield is happy to be in the second round and we keep our fingers crossed for a good tie.”

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

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