Chesterfield midfielder Andy Kellett hailed the team’s tactical change in the second half of last night’s game at Morecambe – in which the Spireites recovered a two-goal deficit to earn a point.
Manager Jack Lester made a double substitution at half time, with George Smith and Chris O’Grady coming on for Brad Barry and Robbie Weir. And those changes enabled Kellett to grab his third goal of the campaign in the 74th minute, after Kristian Dennis had earlier pulled a goal back.
Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Kellett said: “We brought Chris and Juddy [Smith] on and we went quite direct, in the first half we passed it around quite well, it was just that final ball.
“So we went to a more direct approach and I think Chris was excellent when he came on, and I think that if we’d have had 10 minutes more, we’d have got the three points.”
Kellett also heaped praise on Dennis, who scored his 19th goal of the season at the Globe Arena, with a fierce left-footed strike.
He said: “He’s been brilliant all season, he’s just a goal scorer. If you give him that chance he’ll put it in the net for you – he only needs one chance.”
However, despite being pleased at picking up a point, the former Bolton Wanderers man wasn’t entirely satisfied with the team’s work in Lancashire.
“It says that we’ve done it tonight, but we’ve not done it in other games, and that’s not been good enough,” he asserted.
“It’s been a disappointing season, but in the last few games where we’ve needed to pick up points, we’ve not done that and now we’ve got six matches to the end of the season and we need to be picking up a lot more points than we have been doing.
“It’s a good come back, but we came here to get the three points and that’s not happened.
“It was very disappointing to go 2-0 down as I thought we were controlling the game quite well, but to get it back to 2-2 when normally we’d sink is a step in the right direction.”
Next up for Chesterfield is a home clash with Mansfield Town at the Proact on Saturday, 1pm.
It’s fixture which holds good memories for Kellett, who starred in the reverse fixture at Field Mill and also scored his first Chesterfield goal on that afternoon back in November.
Both teams need the points for differing reasons on Saturday, and the one-time Manchester United man is aware of the fixture’s significance.
“If we get three points on Saturday, we’re back in the mix again,” he said.
“We’re sat outside it at the moment – which is very disappointing – but if we can get the three points against Mansfield, which is a massive game for us and them as they’re going for the playoffs, it can be massive.”
Meanwhile, Kellett offered his apologies to the Spireites supporters after he didn’t go over to applaud them following the 1-0 loss at Grimsby Town last weekend.
He added: “I’d like to apologise to them after the last game, because I didn’t go over to clap them, after they came all that way, only to see a poor performance.
“It wasn’t that I didn’t appreciate the support, it was the fact that I was upset with the result and I hope they can understand that.”