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Humphreys: "The first goal is always important"

24 July 2016

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Ritchie Humphreys may have made his way into a player-coaching role this summer, but that didn't stop him getting amongst the goals in Saturday's Ilkeston win.

The 3-0 pre-season victory saw the Spireites create untaken openings before the break, but convert three after the it, with Humphreys, Ched Evans and Jake Beesley doing the scoring damage.

The 38-year-old was happy with his goal - his first in the first team since the 5-3 EFL Cup loss to Huddersfield Town in August 2014 - but happier with the spur it gave the Spireites.

"It was nice to get in front really," said Humphreys. "Ched had gone down and cut the ball back. I just gambled on the second ball reallly, got my foot in front and then managed to put it away.

"It's pleasing to get on the scoresheet for me, but more importantly we needed a goal to break the game down, because we'd had a lot of possession without actually getting the ball in the net.

"We had one or two openings in the first half, but the first goal is always important in any match, and we dominated the game from there on."

Playing in the centre of midfield after coming off the bench at half time, Humphreys talked about his change in career since moving into his coaching role during the off-season.

He explained: "We haven't really got my coaching group underway just yet as we've been busy with pre-season, but certainly once the season starts with the competitive games and the reserve fixtures when they come out, that's when I'll be working with the younger players.

"I'll be trying to get the players involved from the youth team, get them together as a group and just give them more coaching time on the training pitch.

"We'll try to give them as much information, without overloading them, so there's all areas where we can work with them.

"What we want is the younger players progressing into the first team."

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