Assistant manager, Leam Richardson, spoke highly of the Accrington Stanley work ethic in his pre match conference and claimed their recent performances haven't been reflected in their results.Like Paul Cook, the 33-year-old has also previously managed the Lancashire side before leaving to take up a role with the Spireites. He said: “I was lucky enough, with the manager, to spend a period working at the club. They’ve got some good people and it’s a good club.
“For me personally, and the manager there’s a little extra spice being a previous club but we’ll put that aside and all of our efforts will go into the game.”
With an in-depth knowledge of Stanley, Richardson hailed the team's effort and commitment while playing. “I worked there a long time, they’ve got a good work ethic and they apply themselves well in every single game," explained the assistant manager before adding: "So far this year, they’ve played some good football. I’ve managed to catch them a couple of times and their performances aren’t reflected in their results.”
After a strong start to the season Chesterfield are currently top of the League 2 table, an achievement that Richardson attributes to hard work throughout the club. He said: “You don’t win leagues with 11 players, you win it with a squad, hardworking staff and a hardworking, functional club. The longer we’ve got that, the better.
"We’re at the top of the league because we’ve worked hard. We’ve come through a few games where it could’ve gone either way so we’re not kidding ourselves.”
The assistant manager also took time to mention the extra effort the players are putting in on their fitness and conditioning work with local boxing coach, Robbie Sivyer. “The lads down at the boxing gym do a great job for us. A lot of our lads do like it, they’ll have a little moan but when they get in after they’ve finished they appreciate the hard work they’ve put in," explained Richardson.
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