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Novak: “The performance was for the fans"

2 May 2016

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Lee Novak has turned out to be one of the signings of the season for the Spireites and he notched another goal to help assure League One safety in the 3-0 win over Bury on Saturday.

Novak's 15th goal of the season just before half time ensured Chesterfield went into the break with a comfortable lead, with Novak paying tribute to the Spireites masses for their support.

He said: “I thank the fans for everything, they made me feel welcome straight away. I got off to a tough start picking up stupid little injuries but they’ve stuck by me and thankfully I’ve repaid them.”

The opening goal of the game came through a Jay O’Shea penalty after Gary Liddle was brought down in the box.

After scoring a spot-kick himself against Shrewsbury earlier this year, Novak didn’t mind O’Shea taking the penalty: “It was up to me and Jay to take it but he wanted it and he confidently as ever put it away, there was never any doubt.”

The Spireites haven’t chalked up the results they wanted at the Proact this season but each of their home wins came when they scored at least three goals.

Novak feels there could have been more than three at the weekend: “It could have been like that Shrewsbury game the way we performed.

"We missed a few chances as well but keeping a clean sheet is massive and we proved today what a good team we are. If we’d have done that more consistently throughout the season who knows where we could have been.”

It was a race against time for Novak as he looked to recover from a knee injury in time to play and he admitted how close he came to not playing at all against Bury: “It was touch and go, I didn’t train all week to try and leave it as long as possible. In an ideal world I wouldn’t have played.

“I managed to get through the game and it was all worth it when you see what we’ve done.”


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