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Richardson: "We fully deserved the three points"

1 March 2015

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Spireites assistant manager Leam Richardson spoke of his satisfaction about Chesterfield’s 3-0 victory over Fleetwood Town on Saturday.

Caolan Lavery fired the Spireites into the lead with a calm finish before Sam Hird’s poked effort doubled the home side’s lead.

Antoni Sarcevic was shown two yellow cards in quick succession in the aftermath of the Spireites’ second goal, as Fleetwood were left with ten men before the break.

Skipper Sam Morsy was then able to latch on to the impressive Gboly Ariyibi’s cross to seal the three points midway through the second half.

Richardson said: “I thought we fully deserved the three points today. It was two teams that know each other very well through this year and last year, so it was always going to be a cagey start.

"But once the first goal went in, the lads grew in confidence and went on to link up well.”

Manager Paul Cook reverted back to the 4-2-3-1 formation which proved to be so successful earlier in the season, but despite that Richardson believes that people read too much into formations.

“Sometimes people make too much of formations," said Richardson. "I think it is about individuals and personnel on the pitch, but after we lost a couple of players in January, the new players need game time. 

"You have seen today with Lavery that he is a natural goal scorer and with Roberts getting fitter, I am sure we will be fine.”

Defender Dan Jones limped off with an ankle injury on his return to the team, but the substitute Ariyibi put in an unplayable performance, winning man of the match honours. 

Richardson said: “Dan is being checked out by the doctor and physio about his ankle ligaments and we will check on that tomorrow. Sam Clucas slots in at left-back like you wouldn’t believe so it didn’t change the balance of play too much. 

"Young Gboly came on and he is going from strength to strength at the minute. He is a positive player as well as a player who needs the ball. Thankfully he got the ball today and he got two assists, too."

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