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Darikwa Happy to be Playing

3 February 2014

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Versatile Spireite Tendayi Darikwa has played every minute of Chesterfield's previous three games and has enjoyed three consecutive wins in his role at right back.

Speaking after the Spireites' 3-1 victory over Bristol Rovers on Saturday, Darikwa said: “It’s good to be back in the team, whether it’s right back, right midfield, left back, left midfield – I’m not bothered, I’m just happy to be back in the team and contributing to wins.

“With the squad we’ve got, whoever’s in or out of the team, there’s quality in every position so if you are in the team you know you’ve got to perform well because if you don’t then others will do.”

Eoin Doyle scored in the second minute of Chesterfield's 2-0 win over York City in midweek and Sam Morsy continued the early goalscoring trend by netting in the fifth minute against the Gas on Saturday. 

The 22-year-old believes that the fast starts have contributed to the Spireites' strong run of form. He said: “It always helps – it relaxes nerves, settles the crowd and the staff and players. Then we can start trying to play better football.”

“We scored at key times today, just after half time as well and thankfully we got the three points. We’re just going to keep working hard for each other and hopefully get more wins.”

Saturday marked the beginning of an important seven days for the Spireites - they travel to Highbury Stadium to take on Fleetwood Town in the first leg of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy northern area finals on Tuesday night, before making the trip to Glanford Park to face fellow promotion chasers Scunthorpe United on Saturday.

But Darikwa is keen to take each game as it comes and is concentrating on the midweek cup tie above all else. “We’re not looking to the Scunthorpe game as of yet," he explained before adding: "We’ve got a big game on Tuesday so we’re going to go there and try and get the win in the first leg and then after that it’s on to Saturday.

“It’s massive. It’s an opportunity to get to Wembley and it’s the semi final of the cup so we’re all looking forward to it. Hopefully we can go there, put in a performance and come away with the win.”

Chesterfield visit the Cod Army for the second time this season after the sides shared a point in the League 2 fixture in October where a late Jon Parkin leveller prevented the Spireites from taking all three points. 

Speaking about the Highbury Stadium draw, Darikwa said: “I think we were unlucky to come away with the draw, we felt we should have won but it’s going to be difficult on Tuesday so we’ve got to be up for it and hopefully we can get the win.”


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