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Roberts: “A month without playing is tough"

6 October 2014

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Gary Roberts was pleased to be back in the team after injury and to mark his comeback with a goal and a win over Sheffield United.

Roberts' first half strike put the Spireites two-goals up, and while Eoin Doyle added a third after the break the home side had to endure a late onslaught before eventually winning 3-2.

Roverts said: “It’s nice to get goals in a big game to send all our fans happy. Hopefully I can get a few more goals now, or a few more games even, because it’s been a long month and I was down in the dumps for the first few weeks but to come back, get a goal and win a local derby is great.

“A month without playing is tough. You can train and run as much as you want but when you get a local derby at a pace like that you feel it in your legs and 60 minutes was my lot.”

Roberts scored his first Proact Stadium goal of the season when a deft finish sent the ball past Mark Howard and just inside the post.

The midfielder said: “It felt like an age to get to the goal, I might be getting a bit slower! I was waiting for the ‘keeper to go down, I was waiting and waiting and he never budged so I just put it in the corner and tried to get as close to the post as I could and if you can get it close to the post it usually goes in.”

The Spireite also reserved special praise for Jimmy Ryan after, who had earlier put his name on the scoresheet for the first time this season.

Roberts said: “He’s a great striker of the ball. He hits it better than anyone in the team and it’s something he should do a little bit more but when he catches it right it usually goes in. 

"He’s a great player who's he’s been brought up well at Liverpool with good technique."

Chesterfield may be new to League One but Roberts insists the side's ambitions are well above merely gaining safety.

He said: “We want to get out of this league. People think that we’ve come to make the numbers up but although Sheffield United are a big club we expect to win these games. 

"Even Bristol City next week, we’re going to go there and expect to win it. We want to get promoted again and play even bigger games.”

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