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Campbell-Ryce: "We got down their throats and it paid off"

4 April 2016

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A half time deficit amidst a poor performance heightened home concerns on Saturday before Jamal Campbell-Ryce lead a Spireites comeback to beat Port Vale 4-2 at a euphoric Proact Stadium.

Campbell-Ryce's second Spireites goal levelled matters within two minutes of the restart and further efforts from Sam Hird, Gboly Ariyibi and Jay O'Shea netted the hosts three essential points in their bid to stave off relegation.

The winger spoke about the two sets of 45 minutes: "It was a brilliant in the second half after being pretty dour in the first half. The gaffer made a couple of changes which were very influnetial, bringing Gboly (Ariyibi) on and Jay O'Shea and the reaction from the lads from being 1-0 down - especially with the predicament we find ourselves in - was fantastic.

"Getting the equalising goal in front of your own fans is important at any time but to get it so early in the second half just gave us the momentum to go on and get the second, the third and the fourth, which we did.

"It was brilliant and the lads' work rate to go and get that done was fantastic, what we didn't do in the first half was pressure them - we gave them time on the ball and anybody can look good with time and space on the ball.

"Second half we closed the pitch down, really got down their throats and it paid off."

On loan from Sheffield United until the end of the campaign, Campbell-Ryce says that while his game comes as no surprise to opponents the way he's doing it is paying dividends.

"Everybody knows what I'm about," he said. "I'm 33 next week and I've had a 15 year career so everybody knows what kind of player I am.

"I like to get the ball down, take people on and a I like to create for people. I've scored two in four games, I want that to continue and the most important thing is that the team are picking up points, and hopefully we can do that again next week."

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