Spireites assistant manager Leam Richardson praised Chesterfield's application throughout their 3-0 victory over Oxford United on Saturday afternoon.An early strike from Ollie Banks followed by a Gary Roberts brace sealed an emphatic three-goal win over the Spireites' promotion rivals who were forced to finish the game with eight men.
Tom Newey and Michael Raynes both received red cards before Oxford were unable to replace the injured Johnny Mullins when he was stretchered off the field five minutes from the end of play.
Speaking to Spireites Player after the win, Richardson said: “I thought the lads really applied themselves through their work rate and effort.”
The assistant manager praised his players' ability to break down a defensive Us side, a setup that has frustrated the Sprieites on a number of occasions this season.
He explained: “Again, we’ve come up against a tough team in Oxford who’ve come with a game plan but slowly we’re getting a little bit wiser, a little bit better and I thought we were quite proactive in the end today.
“Scoring early when a team probably worked all week on setting up quite negative and defensively makes them have to come out and leave spaces and gaps which we like exposing.”
The former Accrington Stanley boss claimed that Chesterfield should take credit from the way opposition sides change their style of play to accommodate the Spireites attacking threat.
He said: “We’ve been saying to the lads for a few weeks now that you’ve got to take it as a really good compliment that people are dashing their game plans that they play 99% of the time and coming for this one game and setting up different.
“We’ve got lads who like going forward and expressing themselves and towards the end if we were a little bit more patient and productive with our passing we could have created more as well.”
Richardson explained that he found it difficult to pick a standout performer from the Chesterfield team but acknowledged the performance by Tommy Lee to preserve a clean sheet.
“I thought as a team they were quite solid today, I can’t really pick a Man of the Match," said the assistant manager before adding: "Tommy Lee made a fantastic save just after half time which gives us the impetuous to go forward and get another goal.
“We’ve seen Tommy do that so many times this season, he comes out and spreads himself really well and makes himself as big as he can. He keeps us in the game, that’s what he’s there for.
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