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Crossley on Torquay victory

21 December 2019

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Goalkeeper coach Mark Crossley spoke to Spireites Digital after Saturday’s 3-0 win at Torquay United and began by praising the players’ performance after a strong away display.

“It’s what we asked for,” he said.

“A dogged performance and the conditions were difficult.

“We liked the way that they dug in and we’ve come away with a clean sheet.

“We want another eight clean sheets now to match the amount we got last season.”

Jack McKay started only his second league match this season and put the Spireites ahead early on with a well-taken header.

The goalkeeper coach claimed that he was happy to see the striker grab his first goal for the club, by stating: “We fancied that we could get at Torquay down the flanks and Jack’s got pace.

“His goal was great; all the goals were great.

“Jack’s got in at the back post and it was a great header, I’m really pleased for him.”

All three of Chesterfield’s goals came from headers with Gevaro getting two assists with a pair of pinpoint crosses for McKay and Curtis Weston.

Crossley stated that the team had worked on their deliveries in the build-up to Saturday’s game, by saying:

“We said that Torquay struggle with crossed balls and we scored three headers today.

“We’ve been working on putting in good deliveries, not just crossing but good deliveries.

“We wanted good deliveries where people can score good goals in good areas and that’s what we did today.”

The Torquay fixture was the first of a busy spell of fixtures over the Christmas period, but Crossley put forward that the victory is a good way to start off the festive schedule.

“Over the Christmas period, it’s a busy time of year for us,” said the goalkeeper coach.

“The position that we are in, results are crucial.

“Today’s a start and it makes the journey home better because it’s a long way.

“At last, there are some smiles on people’s faces in that dressing room.

“Hopefully we can carry that forward now into Boxing Day.”

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