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Nixon: "Our feet Are on the Ground."

22 September 2013

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Chesterfield goalkeeping coach, Eric Nixon, was delighted with Saturday's 1-0 win over Oxford United but claims the team are not getting ahead of themselves.

Having taken 22 points from a possible 24, Saturday's victory kept Chesterfield four points clear at the top of the League 2 table but Nixon knows that it's still early in the season and there is a long way to go.

Speaking to Spireites Player, the goalkeeping coach said: "We’re not getting carried away with ourselves, we’re happy that we’re top of the league and we’re happy that we’ve got a few points gap but our feet are firmly on the ground.”

The former Manchester City and Tranmere Rovers goalkeeper hailed the team's performance against one of League 2's form sides. “I think the team as a whole played really, really well," he said before adding: “We knew how Oxford we’re going to play and we gave them all respect in the world because they’re a good side.”

For the first time this season, Marc Richards didn't make the matchday squad as a result of an injury he picked up in training on Friday afternoon. “Marc felt a bit of a thigh strain yesterday so he came and told the gaffer and he made the decision to bring Doyle in," Nixon explained.

The summer addition to the Spireites coaching staff claimed that everyone in the dressing room relishes the competition for places because they're all working towards the same goal. He said: “We can’t stress enough that it’s a team game and we work as a team. Everybody knows that, everybody understands that.”

Nixon also took the time to praise the Chesterfield supporters that made the trip to the Kassam Stadium and acknowledged the importance of the fans going into next week's game against, local rivals, Mansfield Town. 

In his post match interview, the goalkeeping coach said: “The fans were magnificent today for us, they’re going to be magnificent again next week. They’re another man in our side.”

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