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Gardner: "We came here and redeemed ourselves"

5 October 2015

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Dan Gardner was Saturday's Gresty Road matchwinner as his goals either side of the break earned the Spireites a crucial win in the return to form against Crewe.

Gardner's first goal came when he latched onto a sizzling Rai Simons centre to finish from an angle and after Crewe had levelled ahead of the break, his second after 57 minutes sealed the win as his bouncing volley found the top corner.

The midfielder was happy to net his second and third goals of the season, but was even happier with the result: "It's always good to score goals but the most important thing today was to get the win, we've not been on a great run."

And with his first goal going in off the back of a defender, there was no doubting who it should be credited to: "It was in before it hit him, it's definitely my goal. It was a great run by Rai, getting is first start today and doing really well, he set up the goal and I was in the right place at the right time and gladly it went in."

Recent results added to the tension for the away side in the closing stages and having already been pegged-back once in the match Gardner says his side knew that they would need to be strong to see the game out.

"That's been a bit of a story of our season," he said. "We're scoring but then letting in sloppyish goals, but today we dug in and got the win that we wanted - and we'll go again on Tuesday and then Saturday.

"The gaffer came in at half time and said that we were playing really well and just for us to go ut and do what we did in the first half, but tighten up. We knew it would be hard but it had to be for us to get the win."

The win came off the back of three tough defeats and Gardner is now looking for the team to push ahead into another busy upcoming week.

"It was horrible on Tuesday night against Blackpool," the 25-year-old said. "It was one of the most horrible games I've played in. We seemed down and it wasn't going for us, but we've come here today and redeemed ourselves and got the win to take into next week."

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