Chesterfield striker Kristian Dennis believes that the hard work on the training ground is paying off with performances on the pitch.
Dennis scored Town’s opener in the 2-0 win away at Crawley Town on Tuesday night and he believes that having had more time with manager Jack Lester and his ideas will stand the Spireites in good stead when they travel to Cambridge United tomorrow (3pm).
On what it’s been like on the training pitch, Dennis said: “It’s been really good, it’s been hard and intense, there’s literally been no rest and he wants us to train like we play, I think that we’re doing that now and hopefully results will show that.
“From day one he wanted to see hard work and intensity, he wants to be at the opposition constantly and it’s starting to show now, from the Rotherham United game where we won and in the second half against Morecambe.
“We’ve now got to build on that and carry on going.”
Tuesday’s win at the Checkatrade Stadium was especially important after the loss to Morecambe last Saturday, a match which the players took confidence from despite a 2-0 loss.
The match with the Shrimps saw the Spireites dominate large parts of the game, creating a host of chances. Dennis admitted that he should have scored in that game, but it didn’t deter him or his team mates on their visit to Sussex.
“On the way down (to Crawley), we spoke about it and we mentioned that if we play like we did in the second half against Morecambe then we shouldn’t have a problem with it,” Dennis said.
“It took a while for us to get a goal – I should have scored a couple in the first half – but we knew that it would come and it did towards the end of the game.
“I’ve always had confidence and believed in myself, the difference is that last year they weren’t going in the net, but this year they are. You’ve got to believe in yourself and get in the right place to at the right time to put it in the net.”
Dennis started Tuesday’s game playing as a lone striker, with Jordan Flores playing just behind him in the no.10 role.
While playing as a lone striker is nothing new to Dennis, it was a change from recent weeks where he’s featured alongside Chris O’Grady, so which system does he prefer?
“Either or to be honest, whatever the manager wants I’ll do,” he commented.
“If he plays two up front then I’m happy with that, same if he just plays one, you’ve just got to trust the manager and his decisions.”
Tomorrow’s trip to the Cambs Glass Stadium will not be an easy one, with Shaun Derry’s side sitting in 13th place in Sky Bet League Two, however the mood in the Spireites' camp is good and the players are confident of recording back to back victories for the first time in nearly a year.
“They’ve got a couple of big strikers, we’ve just to take what we did on Tuesday into Saturday and hopefully it’ll pay off again,” Dennis added.
“If we can get a result on Saturday then that would give us four or six points from the two away games and we’d have snapped your hand off if you offered us that at the start of it.”