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McCourt: "It's a credit to everyone."

22 November 2017

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Jak McCourt says that Chesterfield’s 3-2 victory over Forest Green Rovers at the Proact last night was a job well done.

McCourt scored in either half to take his tally to five goals for the season before Forest Green’s Christian Doidge pulled a goal back on the hour mark. Kristian Dennis added Town’s third before Doidge added a second in stoppage time to set up a tense finish – of which the Spireites came through.

“We are delighted,” McCourt explained, “Three points was the aim tonight, but not just the three points we played really good football. I know we made it hard for ourselves going 2-0 up and then we bring them back into it at 2-1. When we go 3-1 up we need to shut the shop up a bit more.

“But the aim for tonight was the three points and we’re delighted with that.”
McCourt’s opener came in the 22nd minute, though in the stand there were doubts whether Andy Kellett’s free kick had gone straight into the net. However, McCourt was adamant he got the final touch.

“I definitely got a touch with that one, Ian Evatt and Sam Hird can back me up on that because I took it away from Evo,” he asserted.

For his second goal though there was no doubt whose it was.

Receiving the ball just inside the area he drove it in through a sea of defenders and the goalkeeper’s legs into the net.

“The second one I just hit it and it’s gone in,” McCourt explained, “So I’m delighted with that and we can look forward to Saturday now.”

With defender Scott Wiseman suspended, manager Jack Lester made one change to the side which beat Exeter City on Saturday, with Robbie Weir coming back into the side.

Weir joined McCourt in central midfield, with Louis Reed pushing up into more advanced position. It’s a combination that worked well, with the Spireites creating a host of chances throughout the match and the former Northampton Town man says it was an enjoyable combination to play in.

“When the three of us are on our game it’s a lot easier,” McCourt explained. “We combine really well and as you can see out there we’re really playing some good football so that’s a credit to everyone and each time the way we play its flowing football.

“That’s just a credit to everyone, the work rate, you can only do that with a fit team, that’s what we are now. We know we can get even fitter and that’s what we’re striving for.”

Also on the scoresheet for the Spireites top goal scorer Dennis, who after Joe Rawley pulled the ball back across the penalty area expertly guided the ball into the bottom corner.

Prior to the game McCourt praised the 13-goal striker for his ability to score all types of goals, though the quality of Dennis’ goal last night did come as a little bit of a surprise to the Liverpudlian.

“It’s a credit to Kristian, when the ball falls in the box you know he’s going to be there and he’ll put it in the back of the net and he’s done that tonight.

“I didn’t think he’d be able to finish his goal tonight but he’s put it in the back of the net, he’s born with that he’s just a goal scorer but it’s only a matter of time before more lads start putting the ball in the net and when that happens its only going to be 4/5-0’s.”

Along with the great team effort, McCourt also took the opportunity to praise the fans who turned out well on a Tuesday night.

He said: “It’s all about the fans and football wouldn’t be football without the fans and when you hear them sing your name the hairs on your arms do stand up. They’ve been behind us ever since the new manager’s come in.

“The new manager’s got us playing good football, we’re picking the points up now and it’s just a credit to everyone that’s turning out and making the noise and the louder they are more the lads get excited and the more confidence there is.”

There was even a moment where McCourt found himself unnaturally storming down the wing before sending in a great cross that a Rovers defender sliced against his own cross bar! And although his foray almost produced another Town goal, McCourt played down the possibility of one-day playing as a winger.

“No definitely not that’s not me,” he smiled. “I don’t know where it came from to be honest, I was just running down a dead end and I thought I’d try it.

“It came off and we nearly scored from it but everyone will be lucky if they something like that again that’s not my game I’m usually getting n the ball, moving it and breaking play up.”

Now the Spireites can look forward to a local derby with Mansfield Town on Saturday (1pm). And with the wind their sails, McCourt optimistic about a possible third straight win.

“The confidence is there and it’s a local derby we know how big it is for the fans and how big it is in the dressing room.

“But we’re going to take it as another game because we know on our day we can beat anyone as we’ve shown in the last two games. We’re going there for the three points.”

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