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Saunders: "I thought first half we were just brilliant"

30 August 2015

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Manager Dean Saunders saluted his players after a fine rearguard performance earned a 2-0 win against Millwall on Saturday.

The win sees the Spireites sit sixth in the Sky Bet League 1 table with ten points from the first five games after two goals from Jay O'Shea - one early, one very late - gave the visitors a triumphant win at the New Den.

After the match, Saunders gave Spireites PlayerHD the story of the match from his point of view.

"I thought first half we were just brilliant," he said. "We can't play much better than that, we scored a brilliant goal through Jay and then we should have killed them off. They couldn't get out of their half for 45 minutes and they didn't have a shot on goal.

"We've had three or four chances to put the game away but they were always going to throw themselves at us and second half they came out and we gave the ball away a few times and it encouraged them.

"They were quite direct and that's hard to deal with. We couldn't get enough support, we were losing the ball and Tommy's made two great saves, but we kept a clean sheet so I can't complain."

Saunders reserved special comment for O'Shea, the day's match winner, but though the Irishman has three goals this season already, his manager still wants more from him.

He said: "I'm just trying to make him unmarkable at the minute because he plays off the striker and once teams work out that he's the danger man they'll try and stop him.

"He's a good footballer, he gave it away a few times in the second half but he scored two goals today and hopefully he'll get us a dozen goals this season.

"You can be the best coach in the world and the best tactician but a the end of the day you've got to have good players. I didn't teach him to volley like that, he's just a good player."

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