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Richardson: "It was a Great Result"

21 December 2014

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After seeing his threadbare side record a thrilling 3-2 win at Gillingham, assisstant manager Leam Richardson spoke to Spireites Player.

Sam Clucas and a Leon Legge own goal - also claimed by Tendayi Darikwa - put the Spireites two goals to the good before Cody McDonald and John Egan pulled the Gills level.

However, a Jimmy Ryan strike 20 minutes from time put Chesterfield back in front and this time they held firm to claim a terrific away triumph.

After the game Richardson appreciated the performance from his team and the value of the hard-earned points.

He said: "It was a great result, any points away from home are very precious and thankfully today we got them.

"I thought that the professionalism and application that the lads have shown today was good, this is a tough place to come as they have good players and a good manager, so I'm very thankful today.

With the Spireites squad severely depleted through injury and suspension, Ritchie Humphreys, Romy Boco and Sam Hird were thrust back into the starting 11, all three being asked to play the whole game.

Richardson said that he never felt returning such older heads to the squad was a risk.

He said: "Those lads are very experienced, they've got hundreds of games played between them. They are what you'd call reliable players, as you've seen today.

"We didn't partcularly want them to get through the full 90, especially Sam Hird, but with his knowledge and experience he got through a game like that, and thankfully we got the three points as well."

With top scorer Eoin Doyle sidelined with a hamstring injury, Gary Roberts was pushed into a more advanced attacking position just behind Armand Gnanduillet, with the fledgling partnership showing promising signs throughout the match.

Richardson said: "It's about relationships and playing together, Armand and Robbo did create a lot up there together.

"We came out after half time and they created two or three really good chances where I thought we could finish the other team off, if it had gone 3-0 or 4-0 it would have been a very good day for us.

"Credit to Gillingham, they put some good players on, they made some good changes and thet put us on the backfoot a little bit. We were conscious of that and we didn't want to be on the backfoot.

"Goals change games and our lads have come trough it today and were strong and Jimmy Ryan got us that goal, it was great technique in the end."

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