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Ryan: "You’ve Just got to knuckle Down"

2 December 2014

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Jimmy Ryan provided the assist for the opening goal from Gary Roberts against Crawley Town on Saturday, and he spoke to Spireites Player after the game.

Roberts' goal wasn't quite enough to gain all three points at the Broadfields Stadium as Gavin Tomlin equalised later in the second half.

“It was a great finish from Gary,” said Ryan. “He had a lot to do after I’d given him the ball and I don’t think it touched the floor even though he struck it from 20-odd yards. 

"It’s a great strike and I think it was well deserved. I don’t think we started the second half as well as we finished the first but we got the goal and I think we should have seen it out really.”

Crawley pulled level 20 minutes from time and while Ryan was disappointed with how the chance came about he praised how the Reds striker took the chance.

He said: “It was a great finish from the lad, with a little dink. It’s unfortunate that Charlie slipped because he played well today and it’s just one of those things. 

After sitting out a game recently, Ryan is happy to be back in the starting 11 and is looking forward to taking part in the next round in the FA Cup. A win would mean a place in the third round and a potential draw against a Premier League team.

He said: “I think I’ve done as well since I’ve come back as I did before I was left out of the side and when you come out of the side here you know you’re only a game or two from coming back in anyway, it’s not a big deal. 

"You’ve just got to keep your head down, knuckle down and work hard and that’s what I’ve done. I’ve just played my game.

“It’s a massive cup game for us. We want to get through this round and get a big team. We’ve just got to take MK Dons, that’s the first step, and it’s a game at their place so it’ll be a tough game but it’ll be a footballing game. 

"That’s what we like, it’s what we want, so hopefully we can put on a good show and hopefully come away with a win.”

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