For Liam O’Neil, Saturday’s entertaining and hard fought 3-2 victory away at Rochdale was a sign that the team are growing together under manager Danny Wilson.Playing in what is becoming a familiar right-back role, O'Neil helped keep the Spireites' ship steady in the closing minutes to ensure goals from Jay O'Shea, Lee Novak and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake secured the three precious points at Spotland.
“It was a crazy game," said O'Neil. "The boys dug deep and got what I thought we deserved in difficult conditions against a good Rochdale team. I think that shows that the boys are really together - and the fans were brilliant again.”
“The team are together, it’s a great win for us but we can’t afford to get carried away. It’s three points and we’ve got to go again next week at Wigan.
“The attacking lads were brilliant: it could have been three or four nil at half time but for a few decisions and an offside that I wasn’t sure about, but that’s football and you’ve got to just go again.”
O’Neil, who joined the Spireites from Premier League outfit West Bromwich Albion in August, has cemented his place at right-back after starting out his career as a midfielder, and he says that he is happy to help the team in any position.
“I’m learning every game," he explained. "It’s even better when you’re winning games, it’s just good to be playing football and if the gaffer wants me to play at right-back then I will.
“As a member of the back four we don’t like to concede two goals; we’re disappointed, but we move onto the next game.”
Spireites winger Gboly Ariyibi had one of his best games for the club and Rochdale struggled to contain him. O’Neil was full of praise for the USA under 20 international: “Obviously the sending off is disappointing and I don’t agree with it.
“He’s thrived since the new gaffer has come in and I’m sure Gboly will come back in and do it again - he was unplayable at times.”