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Saunders: "We got the points in the bag and we needed it."

4 October 2015

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The Spireites shrugged off a strugging September with a 2-1 victory over Crewe Alexandra to get October started with a hard-fought win.

Dan Gardner was the visitor's hero as he scored at the start of each half to sandwich David Fox's effort for the Alex and earn maximum points for the Spireites.

Dean Saunders gave his view to PlayerHD after the game, expressing his hope that the win will lead to a positive run of form.

"It's amazing with the league table," he said. "We're three points off the top six now. It's a tight league so we'll just have to keep on picking up points while I'm piecing together what we need to do to be a bit more resillient.

"I thought the lads were brilliant today considering we've lost a couple of leads - but we've hung on today which will give them belief going into the future."

With midfielder Gardner scoring both of the crucial Spireites goals in the game, his manager commented on his number seven's performance.

"He was in the same spot for both goals," said Saunders. "I know it was a volley for the second one but it was in the same spot. He's in there where he it matters and that's what I've asked from him.

"The two wide players need to score more goals and that's three he's got now.

"He looked tired actually and I was just about to bring him off, fortunately I didn't."

With little time to rest on their winning laurels, Chesterfield head to Rochdale to start their Johnstone's Paint Trophy campaign on Tuesday night in a 7pm kick-off.

With this game in mind, Saunders explained his surprising starting 11 at Gresty Road, one which incuded first-ever Football League starts for attackers Rai Simons and Mani Dieseruvwe.

"We've got three games in a week," the manager explained. "Not only is it physically demanding it's mentally demanding - especially when you don't get the results you want, it can drag the players down.

"Rai's got a fresh mind, I thought he was excellent. He was a handful for the first half and hour and he made the goal and Mani's done well using his physical size and chasing lost causes down the sides of their defence.

"We've won and that's the main thing. That's the third away game we've won - we've got the points in the bag and we needed it."

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