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Gardner: "It was unbelievable to play in"

16 April 2015

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Midfielder Dan Gardner made just his fifth start of the season against Colchester United on Tuesday, and scored his first Spireites goal of the season in the 6-0 triumph.

The 25-year-old also laid on two assists as the Spireites ran riot at a bouncing Proact Stadium. After the match Gardner spoke to Spireites Player about his role in the match and talked through his goal.

"It was unbelievable to play in," he said. "It's class to be back involved with the lads since my loan at Tranmere and my injuries, it's a pleasure to play.

"I just took it past the player on the edge of the box and thought 'yeah, I've got to hit it." It wobbled a bit and the 'keeper should have saved it but you'll take any goal.

"I could have had a few more goals myself, but the lads have scored a few so I don't mind - I'm happy with my goal and performance today."

After a tough season battling injuries Gardner is delighted to be back involved and looking forward to ending the League One season in top form.

"I'm feeling fit now," said Gardner. "I just need more game time. It's been a bad season for me with injuries and stuff like that but I'm back for the rest of this season and then I'll be back stronger next season as well.

"I've been doing well in training and the gaffer keeps telling me to train as I would play and I've seemed to do a good job today. I would have love to have played longer, but I'm a team player so I'm happy for all the team to play."

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