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Humphreys Praises Defending

9 September 2013

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After Saturday's 1-0 victory over Accrington Stanley, Ritchie Humphreys was full of praise for Chesterfield's resolute back line.

Six games into the season, the Spireites have kept four clean sheets and conceded just three goals, the best record in League 2. Humphreys attributes the strong defensive start to the bravery of the Spireites rear guard.

“I thought we were brave, held a good line, enabled Tommy to have that space to come and catch the ball and relieve the pressure," said the 35-year-old before adding: “If you keep a clean sheet you’ve got every chance of winning a football game."

The versatile midfielder started Saturday's game at left-back and was well aware of the threat Stanley would pose, he said: “Accrington aren’t going to come here and say we’ll get beat 1-0, they’re going to throw everything at you.

“With balls in the box you’ve got to be resolute and disciplined, cover your areas right, plenty of communication and it’s paid off tonight because we’ve kept a clean sheet.”

Humphreys also took the time to hail the performance of Spireites midfielder, Tendayi Darikwa, whose goal just after half time won the game for Chesterfield. “It’s not an easy finish from Tendayi so I’m pleased for him, that’s two in the last two games for him and another good display from him as well," he said.

After signing for Chesterfield in the summer, the former Hartlepool United man concluded: “We’re pleased that we’ve got three points and we’re sat at the top of the league table again tonight.”

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