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Ebanks-Blake: "The building blocks started against Coventry"

11 January 2016

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake scored his eighth goal of the season as the Spireites fought out a tremendous 3-2 away win at Rochdale, continuing their winning start to 2016.

Jay O’Shea opened the deadlock after a well-worked move midway through the first half before Ian Henderson levelled things for Dale after the break. 

Lee Novak and Ebanks-Blake struck back to put the Spireites 3-1 up, making sure Rhys Bennett’s last-minute header didn't affect the result.

Experienced striker Ebanks-Blake said that he and his team-mates have learnt a lot from the last few months and must now use their experience in the rest of the season.

“The manager has said before, you learn a lot through adversity and I think the boys have learnt more from the games that we have lost than the ones we have won. 

"It’s going to keep us in good stead from now until the end of the season. The boys are learning every day, we are all gelling together and more importantly we are picking up points.”

The Spireites are now unbeaten in three matches under Danny Wilson, and Ebanks-Blake believes the new man in charge has steadied the ship since his arrival. 

“It’s difficult to put your finger on it, when a new manager comes in it gives a different injection to different players. 

"I think most importantly the players themselves have started playing to their potential and I think the manager has come in and simplified things and given players the confidence to play a natural game. 

"There has been no magic wand, it has just been that we’ve started to pick up a few results and it’s been positive, we want to keep going in that vein.”

The striker found himself on the scoresheet after firing home Chesterfield’s third goal of the game, but despite scoring he was quick to praise his team-mates and their character. 

“I just nipped in at the front of the defender, he delayed on the ball and I got in and just slotted it past the keeper. 

"I was delighted to score, but the three points are more important because I think we showed massive amounts of character. We’ve showed that in the last six or seven weeks without getting a result, but today we have got the result and it looks positive.”


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