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Richardson: “We Were Fantastic"

14 September 2014

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Spireites assistant manager Leam Richardson spoke of an impressive team performance after a 4-1 win over Scunthorpe.

A forgetable first half was replaced by a second period where the visitors took the lead early on. Moment later Eoin Doyle missed a penalty and it seemed like it wasn't going to be a good day at the office for the Spireites.

Not to be denied, the Irishman then banged in a 17-minute hat-trick, the first of his Spireites career, before Samy Morsy scored a late fourth in what became a rousing second half display.

Richardson praised Doyle for his efforts in front of goal but also applauded the whole squad for their hard work, coming after a match-less weekend.

He said: “We’ve got some good players. For the first time this year I think the manager found it tough to pick a team.

"The lads supported the team that started the game and those who finished it. It’s important to have that in a squad.”

Speaking of the first half performance, which saw few chances for either team, Richardson thought his side looked a bit rusty.

He said: “I thought the first half was a bit flat, obviously we haven’t played for a week or so with internationals.

“At half time the manager and myself thought we wanted to move the ball a little quicker and be a bit more positive with our passing and movement off the ball."

Scunthorpe took the lead immediately after the restart as Paddy Madden pounced on a momentary lapse in concentration from the Spireites back line. The goal seemed to invigorate Cook’s men who began moving the ball around quickly and with greater purpose.

Shortly after falling behind the home side were awarded a penalty from which Doyle struck the bar- only to atone for his mistake minutes later to level the score.

From then on it was a dominant performance from the Spireites and they netted four times in total to take all three points.

Richardson said: “The goal woke us up and from then on I thought we were fantastic today.

“The second half was a bit of a spectacle. It had everything: penalties, bookings, free kicks and goals, so it was a lot better and a lot more feisty. I’m just pleased we got the win."

After the earlier penalty miss, Richardson was pleased to see Doyle complete his hat-trick.

He said: “He’s a confident lad who scores goals. I was made up for him that he finished on a hat-trick."

Gary Roberts was forced to depart the field mid-way through the first half due to a niggling hamstring problem that he picked up last time out in the league.

Richardson said: “He picked it up the other week at Port Vale and has done a lot of work to be passed fit.

“After a couple of runs he felt it so taking him off was more precautionary than anything. "

Loanee Daniel Johnson came on in an almost like-for-like swap and looked impressive throughout the game.

The assistant manager said: “He’s growing is Daniel, he’s a very good player and technically he’s our type of player and has got better since he’s been here.

"It was a tough decision to leave him out because he’s been very good in training and in the games he’s played."

The assistant manager was also impressed with debutants Sam Clucas and Georg Margreitter.

He said “They were good. In the first half a lot of people were flat but they know how we play and they’ve settled in well.

"It’s a good dressing room and obviously the result will help that, but overall we’re very pleased."

The win sees the Spireites move up to fourth in the League 1 table with their next game away at Preston North End on Tuesday evening.

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