Chesterfield caretaker manager Ritchie Humphreys was delighted after his side secured a crucial 1-0 victory over Coventry City at the Proact.
Dan Gardner’s superb strike in the 77th minute secured all three points in what was an important fixture in Sky Bet League One.
Humphreys said: “All the games that we have between now and the end of the season are crucial, the first one you have coming up is the most important one.
“I said to the players today that they can only get three points as a maximum, and they’ve gone out and delivered. It was a wonderful strike from Dan – worthy to win a game of football - and that’s why those players are in there, to go and produce something like that.
“I’ve seen Dan do it before and he’s delivered again today and I’m pleased for him and I’m pleased for the football club, because I think that was exactly what we needed.”
Humphreys recalled Kristian Dennis to the starting line-up, with Gardner and Jay O’Shea taking up the wide positions.
The three players along with striker Ched Evans, saw a lot of the ball in the first half, but were unable to turn their possession into goal too many scoring opportunities.
However, Humphreys was pleased with their all-round displays in a tense game given both teams league positions.
He said: “We told them to be positive and be on the front foot. Make sure your fundamentals are correct, we tried to press high and get onto the second balls.
“Our players at the top end of the pitch with the short passing game didn’t really open them up in the first half in terms of clear cut chances, but what I thought they did excellently was recover back into the shape we asked them to and they did the
fundamentals of the game exceptionally well.
“We had that one bit of quality that Dan produces and that can be enough to win you a game of football and it was today.”
The caretaker boss also reserved praise for his defence who all played their part in securing a clean sheet. This despite suffering the blow of seeing Tom Anderson being stretchered off the field after suffering a head injury.
“We know we’d not scored for a few games,” Humphreys said “and we were aware of that and we were aware that we’d conceded a few goals as well.
“So to get the clean sheet, score at the other end and get the three points, it was an achievement from absolutely everybody, not just the 11 players but all the subs.
“I had to leave some people out of the match day squad today, but they and the injured players have been in the dressing room with us together, all the staff and everybody else at the club have pulled together this week.
“We could do no more than win the game, and we’ve gone and done it so it’s a really pleasing result for the whole club.”
Anderson was taken to hospital and is being assessed, the club should know more about his condition in the coming days.
Midfielder Connor Dimaio was named on the substitutes bench, but had to be withdrawn and replaced by Angel Martinez, after suffering an injury in the warm up.
And Humphreys whilst being sympathetic to Dimaio, was happy to see Angel back in the match day squad after his long term injury,
Humphreys added: “That’s the first time he’s been on the bench for a league game for a while, so that’s another progression for Angel.
“He’ll hopefully get some minutes this week with the reserve game that we’ve got, it’s constant progression for him and it’s pleasing for him to be back with us today.”
Finally, the Coventry match looks to have been Humphreys’ and Matt Duke’s last in temporary charge, with the club set to appoint a new manger this week.
Both Humphreys and Duke have been performed the roles brilliantly, and both have relished the challenge.
Humphreys said: “I’ve just been asked to help out by the football club, Matt and I were more than happy to so, to help the players get ready for today.
“I’m sure we’ll know what happens quite soon.”