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McGinn: "It’s a shame that we couldn’t get the win"

12 September 2016

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Paul McGinn reflected on a satisfying day after securing a clean sheet at Oldham, his defence's second shut out of the campaign, and a hard-earned point.

McGinn nearly saw winger Gboly Ariyibi didn’t find a winner for the Spireites after a couple of really good opportunities, with neither side ultimately able to make the breakthrough. 

He said: “The first one I can’t believe he (goalkeeper Connor Ripley) put enough on it to put it out, I was celebrating that one. The second one I saw it floating into the top corner and somehow the defender got there and it’s a great header and you have to just hold your hands up and say fair play. 

The day belonged to the defences and McGinn was pleased with the improvement and also the impact of the returning Tom Anderson. 

“We’re a back five that’s come under the firing line but a lot of the goals we’ve conceded have come from set pieces and not a lot has come through us as a defence so we wanted to prove that we can defend set pieces and we had a lot to deal with today,” he said. 

“Anderson is good to play with, he’s fitted in comfortably. You don’t realise he’s young because he talks all the way through and his positioning is good and he knows where to head it.

“In training it’s usually me putting crosses in and him heading them away. Today I helped him out as well so it was good,” he added. 

A thumping Celtic Old Firm win north of the border made it a good day for the McGinn family, and it could have been better had Chesterfield found a winner, which could have come courtesy of McGinn himself as he tried to replicate his fine early-season goal against Rochdale. 

“It’s just a shame that we couldn’t get the win. I had a chance but it was one of those that when it comes low like that it’s hard to keep down. All I was thinking was to keep it down but that was the opposite of what I did. I think the manager would have been happier if I’d put it out wide but I’d have to ask him if he’d have done the same.

“I watched the first half of the Old Firm and thought there’d only be one winner. I saw the result after the game so I was pleased with that,” said the Scot.

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