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Maguire: "It has been a good season for me"

8 December 2016

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The Spireites are through in the Checkatrade Trophy and Laurence Maguire had plenty to do with the 2-0 win at Rochdale on Tuesday; opening the scoring with a header before setting up the second.

Maguire powered in Dan Gardner’s corner to score his first goal in professional football and in the second half his long ball upfield landed directly at the feet of Ched Evans who slotted it past the Rochdale ‘keeper to secure the Spireites' second-round victory.  

“We were working on set-pieces yesterday and they were coming into me and I kept missing them,” the centre-back said after the match. "I kept saying to Ched and Jake Beesley that come the game it would work out and I would score a goal so it was a bit weird really. It was a great ball from Dan and I just put my head onto it and it went into the top corner.

“It has been a good season for me, my first start came last month and I have been progressing well and now I have got my first goal for Chesterfield. It was a proud moment of me.”

The centre-back was known for his goal-scoring abilities in the youth team, reaching double figures in his final year when he captained the side. 

Maguire explained his goal-scoring prowess: “Obviously I am a big lad and my main aim in the youth side was to reach double figures and I got that and then I got a few goals for the reserves last year as well.

“It is just about movement really, I try and push my man out of the way, head the ball in and put as much power on it as I can.

“We work a lot after training, all of the young lads do. I don't really practice crossing or finishing, more defensively heading the ball, although tonight it has worked out.”

After opening the scoring, the 19-year-old’s vision set up Evans for the second as the Spireites made the most of having an extra man for a short period after Dale defender Jimmy McNulty was sent off. 

“I just got my head up and I knew Ched was going to make the movement, he does it everyday in training. I played the diagonal onto him and it was a great finish. 

“You know he has got that ability and you know he will start scoring some more goals for us and get us up the league.” 

After a disappointing defeat against Wycombe in the FA Cup, the Sheffield-born defender told PlayerHD that it was imperative his side rectified that on Tuesday ahead of the Christmas period. 

“We all know that there are a lot of games during the Christmas period and both Morgs (Chris Morgan) and the gaffer have said that we will need everyone. 

“We needed a win to go into that Christmas period and we have got that. Hopefully now we can go into Saturday and get the three points that we need as well.” 

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