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Ariyibi: "That’s the sort of performance that everyone’s been expecting"

13 January 2016

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Spireites winger Gboly Ariyibi produced one of his best displays for the the club at Rochdale, ever at the fulcrum in his side's impressive 3-2 win.

Ariyibi had a goal ruled out for offside, helped assist a goal, assisted a second - again disallowed - and with his driving running forced Dale into changing their left-back within 35 minutes. 

However, the 20-year-old also received two yellow cards, both for simulation, seeing him miss Saturday's trip to Wigan Athletic with suspension.

“I was quite surprised myself,” said Ariyibi, “I think that’s the sort of performance that everyone’s been expecting and waiting for. 

“We’ve worked on things in training and the lads are starting to give me the ball more. I’m starting not just to stay wide but come in a bit and try and get on the ball. 

"It’s a confidence thing, when I beat the man the first time or if I do a good thing, then I want to carry it on doing it.”

On Dale having to replace left-back Michael Rose after only half an hour, Ariyibi said: “It’s a good feeling as you know you’ve done your job. I was having a really good game and it’s not the best thing for him, but you’ve just got to do the same thing to whoever replaces him.” 

After his rapid start his afternoon ended in disappointed when he was controversially booked after going to ground in the Dale penalty area.

The USA under-20 international winger says wasn’t overly pleased with the referee’s decisions: “I think from when I set Lee Novak up and he gave the offside that was the first indication. 

"Then when my goal came along and as we were celebrating the referee decided to disallow that. 

“I was thinking I’ve just got to try and get this back. I was playing well, but it just looked like everything wasn't going my way.

“He gave me the first yellow, which wasn't a booking. I’m a player who is going to get fouled a lot, but just with the way things went you wouldn’t have thought he’d have sent me off for that. 

"I’m not a diver, but maybe the second one looked a bit like there wasn’t much contact, but for me in that situation I felt contact so I had no choice but to go down.”

Ariyibi received not only his first career red card, but also his first two yellows in two very tough calls by referee Carl Boyeson.

“For the first one, I had a go at him and said it wasn’t a dive, then later on in the game I said to him that he was out to get me and he said he wasn't, that I'd been really good."

The winger's absence may be enforced this weekend for the trip to the DW Stadium, but Ariyibi already has his aim set on the match with Millwall at home the following weekend.

“I just want to be playing football," he said. "For any young footballer, they just want to be playing every week. 

“This week we haven’t got a midweek game which sucks a bit, but I’ve just got to do my fitness with the coach, then for Millwall I’ll be ready and flying and just not let anything stop me from being the best.”

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