Lee Novak praised his side’s attitude after returning from Oakwell with three huge points in the race to avoid relegation, following a 2-1 win over Barnsley.Novak scored his 14th goal of the season as Chesterfield edged three points closer to League One safety. The striker opened the scoring in a thrilling second half with a well taken header after a delightful Gboly Ariyibi cross.
However, Barnsley levelled midway through the half thanks to an Adam Hammill deflected shot. A quick succession of yellow cards saw the Spireites down to ten men after Campbell-Ryce’s late tackle, but Ollie Banks’ popped up with a late goal which was enough to hand Barnsley just their third loss since mid-December.
Novak was unable to take a glorious chance in the first half and the striker explained how his team mates helped him at half time: “I went in and I was devastated. I apologised to the lads as well and they were great getting round me. They just said when the next chance comes to take it and lucky for me I did.
"It was great work by Gboly and he’s just put it right on my head.” He said: “I should have scored early on, the keeper has got a little nick on it but still should be scoring and disappointed not to score it, but more importantly it is a massive win and a few result went our way as well. We showed what a good team we are.”
Despite the Spireites going down to ten men it didn’t stop them pushing for a winner and with ten minutes to go Banks scored his first goal of the season, and Novak praised his side’s efforts. “It was unbelievable, we have got that never say die attitude and we showed that last week in the second half.
"Gboly has been excellent again in the second goal and it was a great finish by Ollie as well.”
Chesterfield face Sheffield United this Saturday at the Proact with a big crowd expected, and Novak is relishing the chance to play in front of a big crowd: “We’ll enjoy this, we are four points above the relegation zone but anyone can beat anyone in this league and we have shown that today.
"A lot of people would have had their money on Barnsley but we have proved them wrong. We will work towards Sheffield United now.”
“Obviously you want to play in front of the biggest crowds and the fans have been brilliant, I am sure Saturday will be no different.”