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Saunders: "There was total commitment from everyone"

1 November 2015

The Spireites kept up their strong away from with a fifth win before the end of October after a 1-0 success at Fleetwood Town on Saturday.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake was the matchwinner with his fourth goal in four games coming in the first half after a ricochet off the cross bar and a close range volley home from the experienced striker.

After the match, manager Dean Saunders was satisfied with the result and performance, especially as it came, once again, with a re-jigged backline due to Dan Jones's suspension.

"It was a good win," said the manager. "We had to put out a makeshift defence with lots of changes. We've kept a clean sheet, so I'm really pleased.

"Fleetwood put a block down the middle of the pitch against us so we had go round the sides of them. I tried to pull Rai [Simons] out to right so we could actually get the ball out to the sides and start getting some crosses in.

"We managed to do that in the end but it took us too long to work it out after going through it yesterday in training.

"The players were all playing, all having a go, there was total commitment from everyone and I'm really pleased with them."

Saunders, a renowned striker in his playing days, praised his offensive lynchpin, noting that even Ebanks-Blake's tap-ins don't happen by accident.

"It's not luck, it's what he does. It's about knowing and anticipating where to go by reading the situation. If we get enough balls in the box he'll score."

However, one surprise on the team sheet was the omission of Ebanks-Blake's strike partner Lee Novak, with the on-loan missing after his wife gave birth late on Friday evening. 

Saunders passed on his best wishes: "Congratulations to Lee and his wife, they've had a little girl and I think she's fine - hopefully everything's all right.

"Congratulations from all the players and everybody at the club. We missed him today but we managed to get three points."

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