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Novak: “We put on a performance that the fans could be proud of.”

7 December 2015

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Spireites striker Lee Novak felt his side put in a showing to please the home supporters in the 1-1 FA Cup draw on Saturday.

Jason Demetriou gave the visitors the lead in tough windy conditions at the Proact Stadium with Storm Desmond playing its part in livening up the game. 

The Spireites hit the woodwork and had numerous efforts before Sam Morsy’s injury-time equaliser kept his side in the hat for the third round draw this evening. 

Despite the last-gasp leveller, Novak said he felt the team could have gone on to win the game: “It wouldn’t have been great if we didn’t win, but our performance showed we wanted to go forward and I think the fans got right behind us today.” 

“We put on a performance that they can be proud of. I was actually gutted that we didn’t win the game.”

Novak also praised caretaker manager Mark Smith: “It wasn’t ideal the way we started, but Smudge (Mark Smith) has come in and he has been brilliant, he has given us confidence and the training has been sharp. 

“We showed by our performance what a good week we have had. We were devastated about what happened with the last gaffer, but that’s football.”

With the Spireites' goal initially being attributed to him, Novak showed honesty to help clear up the goalscoring matter: “I’m taking it! No, in all serious I was nowhere near it but if it went down as my goal then I’ll take it. I thought it was an own goal, but a few of our boys are trying to claim it.

“Evo (Ian Evatt) tried to claim it, me and Sam Morsy ran away, even the boys on the bench were trying to claim it! The most important thing was we got the goal and we were then unlucky not to win.

“The fans have been brilliant all season, we haven’t been good enough at home, but now we want to start putting results together and I think the performance today is a stepping stone for us to go on and put on more performances and more importantly start to get wins.” 

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