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Roberts: "I want to play every minute"

6 March 2015

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Fit-again Gary Roberts scored at Stadium MK for the second time this season as his Spireites side beat MK Dons 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Roberts hit the post in the first half, but made up for the miss when equalising Lewis Baker's first half Dons goal for the visitors in the second period.

After the match, the 30 year-old spoke about his goal, opposition manager Karl Robinson's team and his side's approach to the tough-looking away fixture.

"It was nice to get one," he said. "Especially after missing the one in the first half that I should have put away. That one was a lick of paint away, but I got another chance and to put in the back of the net was nice.

"They're a terrific team, Karl's got them playing good football and you see that if you let them play they'll hurt you, like they've done to most teams here.

"They're second in the league for a reason and they're beating everyone. We came here with a little bit of a game plan. We knew that if we pressed them they are human and they will give the ball away. 

"We pressed them and we got a bit of joy like we have done in the past. We've done our work on the training ground and it paid off today."

Having got the Spireites on the scoreboard Roberts was thrilled for striker Caolan Lavery who secured the three points with a late goal of his own.

Roberts said: "I think he deserved his goal, his work rate was outstanding today. Similar to Eoin [Doyle], he got in behind them and he caused problems for them all night.

"He's not a good size, but he can't half jump. He worked his socks off tonight so to see him get the goal that he merited was great. He played well last week and he did well tonight so I'm made up for him."

Having returned from a recent hamstring injury lay-off, Roberts played until second half added time when he was substituted. The forward thinks he is now close to full fitness and is hungry for as many minutes as possible going forwards. 

"It's all right, I felt great," said Roberts. "I want to stay on every game, the gaffer knows that. I want to play every minute I can but he's been great with me. 

"He's played me for 65 or 70 minutes and now it's built up to 90 - so hopefully I can get a full game next time."

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