Spireites midfielder Robbie Weir says that Town’s move off the bottom of the Sky Bet League Two table has been coming.
Weir celebrated his 29th birthday on Saturday and his stoppage time goal sealed a 2-1 victory over Barnet and sparked wild celebrations from players and supporters.
Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Weir said: “The performance was absolutely shocking from me personally, but to come up with a goal in the 93rd/94th minute, get us three points and off the bottom of the league is what it’s all about.
“I think that if you’ve watched us in the last few games we’ve been really good and we’re not a bottom of the league team and it’s just a matter of time before we sneak up the league.”
Weir’s goal was his second of the season and wouldn’t have been possible if not for a fine through ball from captain Ian Evatt.
“It was great,” The Northern Irishman said of Evatt’s pass. “I know that Evo [Evatt] can play those passes – I’ve seen him do that before. I’ve just peeled off and put it into the corner.
“Personally, it wasn’t good enough from me today, it was sloppy but it’s three points for the lads.”
The former Burton Albion man also hailed the team’s character after coming from a goal down to beat the Bees, saying that the comeback was aided by the team’s fitness levels.
He said: “If you see their goal it’s against the run of play, we were dominating the game but that’s the way it is.
“The manager has come in and ‘ran us’, our fitness is getting higher and higher and they just couldn’t keep up with us.
“I think that all of the lads are enjoying it (under Jack Lester), the football, fitness, lifestyles and bodies are changing. It’s been great since he’s come in, it’s like a proper football club now.”
Saturday’s win moved the Spireites up to 21st in the League Two table and extended their unbeaten run to six matches.
Next up is a trip to Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday (3pm), a tough fixture but one that Weir says the team will go into with a huge amount of confidence.
“It’s massive,” he said of the psychological impact. “We’ve come of the bottom of the league and now that we’re up there we can’t get complacent, we’ve got a tough test coming up next week and then the Christmas period, so we’ve got to keep on doing what we’ve been doing, it’s great for the lads.”
Meanwhile, Weir also acknowledged the performance of debutant goalkeeper Cameron Dawson after he arrived from Sheffield Wednesday on loan earlier in the week.
“He’s been fantastic,” he added. “He’s a big lad and a big presence, I thought he did well.”