Laurence Maguire was delighted to have kept a clean sheet, after the Spireites 0-0 draw at promotion chasing Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.
The defender was playing his second game since returning from his loan spell with AFC Fylde, and felt a draw was the least the team deserved, in front of a near sell-out crowd at the Macron Stadium.
“It was a great performance from the lads,” he said. “To come to a place like this in front of 22,000 people at Bolton is a great point for us and we played very well in the first half.
“We knew they’d come at us in the second half but we defended well, stuck in and deserved the point in the end.”
Maguire was playing in a back five along with Paul McGinn, Dion Donohue, Tom Anderson and Sam Hird – who also returned to the starting XI after being left out against Rochdale - and Maguire was proud of the way they restricted Bolton as a collective.
He said: “We were talking after the game and we didn’t think they had many chances.
“They had a few shots from the edge of the box and Tom and (Sam) Hirdy were sticking their bodies in and I stuck a few in too. They had the scramble at the end but we deserved the draw.”
Maguire has impressed Gary Caldwell since returning from his loan spell, and the 20 year-old has really benefitted from his experience at the National League North side, and is delighted to be back in the starting line up at Chesterfield.
He told Player HD: “It’s fantastic, I went to Fylde to get some experience and it’s helped me a lot.
“I played six games, did well there and I’ve come back and the Gaffer has given me a chance to put myself in the spotlight to put myself in his plans for this year and next year.”
The Blues’ next game is at home to Port Vale and it’s a must win to keep survival hopes alive, and the defender has urged the team to take the positive spirit from the Bolton performance into that game.
“We can take a lot of confidence from that game, we stuck at it and created chances. We frustrated the crowd and everything went to plan and we can take that into next week’s game and be confident of getting a good result and a positive one,” he commented.