Spireites boss Danny Wilson said he was delighted with his side’s 2-1 win over high-flying Gillingham, and believes his side can take huge confidence from the result.In the first half Sylvan Ebanks-Blake prodded the visitors into the lead from a yard out after Gboly Ariyibi's fine build-up, before Lee Novak hit a thunderbolt into the top corner from 30-yards to put their side 2-0 up before the break.
Emmanuel Osadebe headed a late consolation for the Gills but it wasn’t enough as the Spireites saw out the away victory. There was some heroic defending at times, but the manager believes they were good value for the win.
He said: “They have a fantastic home record and that is why they are where they are in the league. We knew that we would have hard times today where we would have to defend and defend with our lives and we did that.
“Tommy has pulled off a couple of good saves but we defended brilliantly. We knew that we would have a very tough 90 minutes, but as I said before the game, we are very capable of beating these kinds of teams and I am still confident of that,” he added.
Throughout the game the Spireites were looking dangerous on the break, particularly through wideman Ariyibi who drew special praise from the boss.
“Throughout the game I thought that we had a good threat on the counter attack. They might have had their hearts in their mouths when Gboly picked the ball up in particular. We had some very good situations throughout the game today. We scored two of them but I thought that we could have had a few more,” he said.
Novak’s strike was a contender for goal of the season, and was an effort the manager enjoyed.
“It was out of the top drawer, wasn’t it?” he said. “We were right behind it and as soon as it left his boot it we knew that the keeper wasn’t going to save it.”
Next up for the Spireites are Blackpool at the Proact on Tuesday (7:45pm kick-off), and Wilson feels that the result at Priestfield will give the team further momentum going in to the game.
He said: “We will rally the players tomorrow and on Monday and get ready for Tuesday’s game which is another big one for us. The form table turns upside down at this part of the season. For whatever reason, maybe nerves and a bit of gung-ho from teams at the bottom who are having a really good go of it.
“If we defend like that for the rest of the season then we will be fine. We’ll go into Tuesday’s game as calm as we possibly can and we will go in very confident after today and let’s see what we can produce,” he added.