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Richardson: "The Lads Needed Minutes."

8 January 2014

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Assistant manager Leam Richardson was grateful of the game against Long Eaton United on Tuesday night as it provided first team players with minutes on the pitch.

After consecutive league postponements against Northampton Town and Cheltenham Town, the Derbyshire Senior Cup game was an ideal opportunity for the Spireites to play a competitive match.

“We had a strong squad out tonight. Individually, the lads needed minutes for various reasons," explained Richardson before adding: “Jamie Devitt, Armand Gnanduillet, Ollie Banks have all had a bit of a knock or have not had many minutes so it was good that they all came through it.

“It was a good opportunity for the lads after Saturday’s game against Cheltenham got postponed as well. We managed to have a game amongst ourselves on Saturday and got some good minutes, it was the same again tonight.”

Chesterfield ran out 7-0 winners on the night with Gnanduillet scoring a first half hat-trick, one of which was a sublime 35-yard strike extending the Spireites' lead to five. 

Speaking about the Frenchman, the assistant manager said: “Forwards need to score for confidence, we said before the game that you must apply yourself because there’s always somebody ready to judge you and watch you.

“We’ve set good standards at this football club. You’ve got to get your shirt and keep it.”

Long Eaton's goalkeeper Joe McCormack picked up an injury mid-way through the first half, an injury that proved to be too severe for him to continue so Chesterfield's Cameron Mason replaced him in the visiting side's goal.

“It’s great for Cameron. He’s been on the bench a couple of times and he’s making good strides with Eric Nixon, Tommy Lee and Aaron Chapman. We thought it would be a great experience and some good work for Cameron as well. The FA sanctioned the substitution so it was all okay," said the 34-year-old.

At the other end of the park, Aaron Chapman played 90 minutes in goal for the Spireites and Richardson was full of praise for the young goalkeeper who arrived at the Proact Stadium in the summer.

He said: "The improvement with Aaron and the application over the short period that he’s been at the club has been really, really pleasing. Now he needs to play regularly. I have high hopes for Aaron so hopefully he can go out and get some games and kick on again.”

Chesterfield return to League 2 action against Bury at the Proact Stadium on Saturday having not played a league game since the 1-1 draw with Dagenham & Redbridge at the end of December. And the coaching staff are eager to return to the Spireites' promotion chase.

“We want to play games. We’ve been frustrated and kicking our heels a little bit. We want to get going and you want to get back up to the top of the league so the more games the better for us," explained Richardson.

To watch the full post match interview, log on to Spireites Player.

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