Kristian Dennis’s sixth goal of the season helped the Spireites claim a crucial three points at Stadium MK on Tuesday night, as they came from behind to break their losing run.
The striker was brought on along with Dan Gardner as Danny Wilson reacted to the Dons’ equalising goal. It proved to be a masterstroke as after the hosts took the lead, both players got on the scoresheet - and it was Dennis’s equaliser which sparked the Spireites back into life and may have also brought a change of fortune.
Dennis explained that fortune may have been on his side with his finish: “I was going the other way but I miskicked it into the other corner - if I'd got a clean connection it might not have gone in.
“It was quite similar to the chance I had a Fleetwood. It got knocked down by Tom Anderson, I missed it the other day but luckily it went in today."
Danny Wilson’s side led 1-0 at the break thanks to Jay O’Shea’s penalty and although they had chances, the visitors had a lot of defending to do for much of the game.
With Spireites players putting their bodies on the line it took a cruel deflection to present the home side with their equaliser as Dennis and his team-mates cursed their luck.
“We were about to come on and they got the first. Unluckily it came of Liddle and went in. Me and Dan Gardner came on and within a couple of minutes and they got another and you’re thinking ‘here we go again.’
“With the run we were on nothing was going for us and when you saw their two goals, big deflections you think ‘when’s our luck going to change?’ Luckily we dug in and got the two goals to win it.”
The 26-year-old, who netted for the first time since October 4, had faith in his team-mates and pointed to the squad’s togetherness in helping to end the bad run.
“All the lads get on with each other, there’s no bad eggs in the camp. Everyone sticks together, everyone works hard for each other and we showed it tonight.
“I don’t think anyone ever lost confidence. It was just a bad run of form, every team in England goes through it but let’s hope this is the turning point, it’s a start so we’ll hopefully kick-on against Bristol Rovers.
“Everyone will be buzzing come Thursday in training. Everyone will be laughing, joking so hopefully we can take that into Saturday and get another win.”