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Darikwa Settling into League One Life

14 October 2014

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Spireites right-back Tendayi Darikwa sat down to speak about the season so far and his own development as a player.

Darikwa broke into the Chesterfield team as a predominantly attacking player, but has more recently become accustomed to a role as a forward-thinking full-back.

The Nottingham-born player has been one half of a strong full-back pairing with Daniel Jones this campaign, and feels he is still growing into the role.

Darikwa said: "Me and Dan give the team width going forwards. I'm still adapting and still learning, hopefully I can keep playing there and making the position my own.

"I think it's always important to learn both sides of the game, both attacking and defending. Working on my defensive game isn't natural to me but I'm working with the coaches and the manager and learning from the other players.

"Hopefully when we go forwards my attacking instincts can also help us create some goals."

In making the step up to League One the Spireites are coming face-to-face with some of the game's big names, and Darikwa is relishing the opportunity to pit his wits against them.

He said: "It was a local derby and Sheffield United are a big club not just in this league but in the Football League as a whole. That was a good win for us and great for us to get the three points in a local game.

"As a footballer you want to play in the big games and the big stadiums. Bristol City was a big club too and we took a good following down."

As well as teams, the approach of opposition clubs facing Chesterfield has changed, an alteration that is seeing the Spireites attack with verve and vigour.

Darikwa said: "It's a big difference to last season, a lot of teams came to play us with 11 men behind the ball, but now teams are trying to come onto us.

"I think the way we play and passing the ball forwards will cause a lot of teams problems and we'll score a lot of goals."

Currently sitting sixth in the league table, some spectators are starting to think that the playoffs are a possibility for the Spireites, something Darikwa also commented on.

He said: "We're not getting too ahead of ourselves but at the start of the season we were confident that we could come into this league and surprise a few people. 

"If we reach our level of expectations then we can continue to do well."

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