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Ariyibi: "I tried to show what I'm about"

19 February 2015

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Spireites winger Gboly Ariyibi made his full league debut in Tuesday's defeat to Scunthorpe United, but impressed with his own energy-filled performance.

Ariyibi made his Chesterfield bow in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at the same ground earlier in the campaign and on Tuesday night again showed an array of tricks and pace down the right side.

Having been around the first team without too many appearances Ariyibi was happy to make his first league start, even though the result didn't go his side's way.

"I made my debut here and it seems to work out for me here," said Ariyibi after the game. "The gaffer thought it was a good game to bring me in for and you can see that football changes quickly.

"I wasn't in the squad on Saturday and now I'm starting. It's a bit unfortunate that we didn't get the result today but we go again on Saturday."

Substituted just past the hour mark, Ariyibi feels his fitness will improve with matches and he'll be doing what he can to ensure he stays in the team.

He said: "I've been working hard on the training ground and with my fitness and I just tried to come in today and show what I'm about, get at my man and be a threat and I thought I did that today.

"My match fitness will come over time and I respect the decision to bring me off, it was just unfortunate we couldn't get the win or a point.

"I'm happy to be back playing and now I just need to keep my place in the side."

In his first season at Chesterfield, Ariyibi is learning from those around him, including some of the club's senior players.

"It's good with the things we do even when we're not playing and the gaffer's on to us with our fitness," explained Ariyibi. "He wants us to work collectively as a team and when you get that opportunity you've just got to try and do your best.

"You probably couldn't get a better pro than Ritchie Humphreys at any other club. Gary Roberts is always encouraging me and these guys have been in the game for a long time so it's important I learn from them."

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