Tommy Lee played his 250th league game for Chesterfield on Saturday in the 3-2 win over Gillingham and he spoke to Spireites Player after the game.
After Sam Clucas and a Leon Legge own goal gave the Spireites breathing space they were pegged-back to 2-2 before a Jimmy Ryan cracker eventually settled a see-saw affair in the visitors' favour.
With the final kick of the afternoon Lee made a superb fingertip save to deny Cody McDonald an equaliser and ensure his landmark match ended with an all-important victory.
“It’s a dream moment for me,” said Lee. “To play 250 league games with one club. I didn’t think I’d play 250 games when I left Manchester United but the fans have always been brilliant with me and they were a credit again today, coming down all this way, and I’m glad we got the win for them.”
Although he didn’t get the clean sheet he would have wanted the team did come away with all three points and the club stalwart put it down to the spirit within the squad.
He said: “It’s a fantastic result. It’s a difficult place to come and I think we showed good character to come back from the two goals and make it 3-2.
"Ritchie [Humphreys] has come in today with Sam Hird and Romy Boco. I think Boco’s been a credit staying fit and that’s the same for Ritchie. They’re always in the gym and they’re always there when called upon and I think they’re going to give the gaffer some headaches for next week.”
After some impressive play from the two full-backs, Lee gave his opinion on Sam Clucas and Tendayi Darikwa.
He said: “We were joking before the game saying Clucas is playing his way into a defensive role. He’s been brilliant and with Tendayi you know what you’re going to get, he’s up and down all day long, he’s as fit as a fiddle and I think, barring that ten minutes of madness after half time, we should have won that game comfortably.
“We controlled it even when we went to three at the back. Hirdy slotted in well there and I don’t think they really had a kick after that. It’s credit to the lads and the staff. We’ve come down here and we wanted to win and we’ve done that.”
The 'keeper admitted that the game was an important one after the previous result at home to Bradford City and says that he is looking forward to the games against Peterborough United and Coventry City.
“It was vital,” he said. “Especially seeing as we got a poor result against Bradford. That didn’t go as we hoped and then you’ve got an away game at Gillingham and so the fans and the neutrals are probably fearing the worst for us but we came down here full of confidence and we go to Peterborough now, again full of confidence.