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Novak: "It's a good goal, it's one of the best I've scored"

29 February 2016

Lee Novak scored a Spireites goal of the season contender - one that turned out to be the winner - in the superb 2-1 Gillingham away win on Saturday.

The away side already led by a Sylvan Ebanks-Blake goal when Novak received a pass 30 yards from goal, taking a touch before arrowing a swerving shot across and past the 'keeper in a goal of the upmost quality.

A late consolation from Emmanuel Osadebe couldn't halt the Spireites as their recent revivial gathers pace - though thier Geordie striker was typically modest after the game.

"Yeah, it's a good goal," he told PlayerHD. "It's one of the best I've scored. I scored one from a bit further out for Birmingham against Blackburn once but this one is definitely up there.

"More importantly we grinded out the win wiith two different performaces. First half we showed what a good team we are and then second half we dug in and have proved that we can win dirty as well.

"To score as well made it extra sweet."

Novak went into further detail about the two halves his side put in: "First half we matched them up and the gaffer said that the three of us, me, Sylvan (Ebanks-Blake) and Gboly (Ariyibi), could drop in and go wherever we wanted to. It was me and Gboly switching mostly and it worked well for us.

"In the second half we changed it and I felt we held out own. They scored which always makes things nervy but we saw it out by doing a professional job."

With fitness essential with back-to-back games and Blackpool visiting Derbyshire on Tuesday evening, Novak spoke about strength and conditioning coach Mal Purchase and what he's doing to keep the players at the peak of their performances.

The striker commented: "Mal said after the game that the gaffer wanted us to do a bit more running, but I couldnt breathe! It's been first class and Mal's helped me fitness-wise and with my strength as well.

"We've got to recover now and move on to Tuesday. Everyone's different but for me normally after two days I'm fine.

"We'll recover properly, get the right food into us and the recovery drinks and by Tuesday we'll all be fine."

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