Following the club’s vital 3-1 home victory over Crewe Alexandra, Spireites striker Mani Dieseruvwe praised his team for their bright start and explained how they stuck to the manager’s task.
Dieseruvwe, who turned 21 on Saturday, said: “The gaffer told us to start really fast against them and we wanted to get at them.
"You could see with the intent that Gboly (Ariyibi) was trying to get at the defenders straight away, attacking players running forward straight away and we got two goals in the first ten minutes so that fast start paid off.”
Early goals from Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Lee Novak put the Spireites comfortably ahead. They lost their clean sheet to a 27th minute strike from Crewe’s Zoumana Bakayogo and finished the first half 2-1 up.
The victory was then sealed by home debutant Connor Dimaio in the 56th minute with a well-taken goal after he’d combined nicely with Ebanks-Blake.
The team’s first win in six games was a welcome one for the club. It also meant Chesterfield stayed out of the relegation zone, but Dieseruvwe believes that recent results have been unfortunate.
He commented: “I think in all the games we have been playing well, we’ve been unlucky and we’ve needed that cutting edge to put the ball in the back of the net.
"We showed we’re still full of confidence today. We know we’ve got the players and ability in the dressing room, I think we can play any team and get three points against them.”
Dieseruvwe, who came on in the 74th minute for Ebanks-Blake, is still looking for his first league goal for the club. He acknowledges he has had chances this season, but he isn’t getting too worried.
He commented: “I’ve just got to relax and it will probably come when I’m not expecting it and hopefully I’ll get a little tap in. I’m not too worried about it but obviously I’m dying to score every time I get on the pitch.”
With a stop-start season due to illness, injuries and two red cards, Dieseruvwe has struggled to consistently get game time. Despite this, Danny Wilson has shown faith in the striker and the former Sheffield Wednesday man is keen to repay the manager’s loyalty.
“I’m happy that the gaffer’s shown his faith in me," he said. "I really just want to re-pay him with some goals and do my best on the pitch.
“I want to work hard in training, get through all my ankle work and make sure I can be as strong and as fit as I possibly can for when the gaffer wants to choose me.”