Chesterfield midfielder Jak McCourt says the celebrations that marked his 89th minute winner at Rotherham United last night, were a mixture of happiness and frustration.
McCourt headed Jordan Flores’ cross into the net to give the Spireites a 2-1 victory after a gut-busting run from deep – one that was a feature of his performance – and it could have been his second of the night, having previously come close with an effort shortly after the interval.
Speaking exclusively to iFollow, he said: “The shot I had earlier sat up nice for me, so I thought I’d have a go.
“Then for the goal, I saw there was nobody in the box, so I thought I’d get myself in there and it’s landed nicely for me and gone in!
“There was a bit of frustration in there tonight, what with not playing as much as I’d have liked up until now, but the new manager has shown faith in me by putting me in – and it’s paid off!
“Everyone’s delighted in there, it’s what we needed and it feels good to go in the dressing room, put the music on and have a laugh with each other after the game for once.
“It was well deserved tonight and the lads put in a great performance.”
McCourt was handed his first start under new manager Jack Lester and the former Northampton Town man gave an insight into what life’s been like under him.
“It’s early days, but he’s told us what he wants from every single person,” he said.
“He wants more desire and work rate and judging by that performance tonight I think he got that.
“We had to be patient tonight and knew our game plan, it was to let the centre halves have the ball and as soon as they got higher up the pitch we’d press. It worked for us and that’s credit to the coaching staff and the manager, it was a great performance.”
McCourt’s header meant that he was the second Spireite to score their first goal for the club on the night, with Diego De Girolamo netting his first Chesterfield goal with a fine finish in the 9th minute to give the Spireites the lead.
“I’m delighted for him and didn’t he take it well?” McCourt said.
“It wasn’t an easy finish but he took it really well, I wouldn’t have liked me to be there, but he made it look easy. It’s his boyhood club and I’m delighted for him, hopefully there’s many more to come.”
After a frustrating few weeks for the whole squad, McCourt believes that the result and performance at the New York Stadium can spark an upturn in Town’s fortunes, with a trip to Lincoln City on Saturday (3pm), next on the agenda.
The midfielder added: “We’ve been waiting for a performance like that and it just shows what we’re about tonight.
“The new manager and coaching staff coming in has given us a great boost and the way the manager plays suits a lot of players.
“It is a big boost for me, but it’s one for everybody in the squad, there’s lots of places to fight for.”