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Richardson: “It was Always Going to be Competitive”

1 February 2015

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Chesterfield assistant manager Leam Richardson believes that the Spireites did deserve something from the game, despite conceding two sloppy goals in the 2-2 draw with Doncaster Rovers.

Doncaster raced into a two goal lead through strikes from James Coppinger and Andy Butler, but an impressive turnaround earned the Spireites a point as Eoin Doyle and Jimmy Ryan netted to complete the comeback.

Speaking after the game Richardson said: “It was always going to be competitive with it being a local derby. Albeit the goals we conceded were poor, as we were caught old a little bit, but I thought that with the honesty and ascendancy we had throughout the game we deserved our goals.”

The Spireites have made themselves hard to beat of late, and Richardson insisted that the side never lost belief.

“The lads have got full belief in themselves," said Richardson. "You could see that even when we were two-nil down they do believe they have the quality, the energy and the fitness to get something from the game.

"As well as that, when you have someone like Tommy Lee in net, you will have a chance at the top end.

“Doncaster have got some good individual players that can hurt you on the day, but so have we. The lads work tirelessly hard with each other to improve.

"We’ve got a good game coming up against Notts County where we expect to take a good number of fans off the back of what I think will turn out to be an important point today.”

Byron Harrison came off the bench to make his Chesterfield debut, and Richardson says that the fans can expect more of the same from the striker following some neat touches.

“Byron got brought to the club for the exact reason of the glimpses he showed today. He will soon get up to speed with our tempo and our training, as we have seen the skill and pace he has got. He gets in some very good areas.”

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