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Darikwa's Pride at Captaincy

5 September 2014

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Spireites defender Tendayi Darikwa confessed his disappointment at Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy exit to Scunthorpe, despite captaining the side for the first time.

Fielding a youthful side, Chesterfield showe dplenty of promise for teh future, but eventually went down 2-0 to a more experienced Iron side.

Darikwa said: “It is always disappointing to lose, but we had a very young squad out. I do not think Scunthorpe dominated the game although they had a lot of chances, but they took their chances and we did not.”

The full-back was named skipper by boss Paul Cook for the tie, and Darikwa spoke of his delight over Cook’s decision.

He said: “It was a proud moment for me and my family, I have been at the club for a long time now and I hope this is the first of many times I captain the side.

"I feel as if I am playing well at the moment. With the experienced players around me in the dressing room like Ian Evatt, I feel as if I am progressing well.”

The Spireites academy graduate has been key in Chesterfield’s impressive early season form, and Darikwa is adamant that the club can bounce back with a victory.

He said: “We have had a good start and hopefully we can carry that on. We have Scunthorpe next in the league so we will be aiming for some revenge over them.

"The manager will probably bring a few of the first team back in to the squad for the game, so hopefully we will be able to get the three points in front of our supporters and get back to winning ways."

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