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Novak: "Sometimes you've got to win ugly"

14 September 2015

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Lee Novak scored his first Spireites goal on Saturday since arriving on loan from Birmingham City, but a late Colchester United equaliser meant the hosts could only secure a point in a 3-3 draw.

Novak's neat second half finish made the game 2-1 to Chesterfield and Sam Morsy soon put the Spireites two goals ahead before George Moncur and an injury time Charlie Raglan own goal snatched a point for the U's.

Speaking to PlayerHD after the game, Novak described what the game was like to play in and how his side can go about ensuring they hold on to leads in future.

"It was a good game to play in," he said. "At 3-2 I think we started to get a bit nervous and it's disappointing to lose points for the second week in a row from winning positions.

"It's hard to take but if someone had said after the red card that we'd be able to take a point I'm sure we would have taken that."

"We need to look at the DVD and perhaps be a bit more professional: if we have to put the ball into row Z then we need to do that. We're a footballing team and that's the way the gaffer wants us to play but sometimes you've got to win ugly and today was a day when we should have seen the game out and won ugly."

The striker's first Chesterfield goal came after Jay O'Shea cut in from the right, had a shot deflect up and Dan Gardner cleverly cushioned a volley to Novak.

"I thought I should have been off the mark earlier," he explained. "I thought I'd done the 'keeper with a dink but I was always confident and Dan Gardner played a great little ball back and I was just lucky enough to be there to put it in the back of the net."

As well as his goal, the on-loan man managed to get through the afternoon without getting concussed or hit in the head as he has is recent home matches: "I haven't had to have any stitches this week or taken a whack in the head so I'm all good and happy to be playing. 

"I've not really had any stitches or cuts to my head or face until I came here but I've had three in two games.That's just part and parcel of football and when centre backs want to hit you sometimes you're going to get that, and unluckily for me it's been me getting them."

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