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A professional display

Ardley a happy man following Spireites win

1 February 2020

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Neal Ardley felt we produced a professional performance in our 3-0 win over Chesterfield on Saturday.

Three second-half goals saw the scoreline reflect our dominance of proceedings as we secured an impressive victory that bumped us up to sixth in the Vanarama National League.

And the boss enjoyed our display in front of the BT Sport cameras.

“Live on television everyone was up for it and did the right things and we got a professional performance from them,” smiled Ardley.

“We felt hard done by at their place earlier this season so it’s good to put that right.

“The first goal is always massive but going in at 0-0 we knew the chances would come so we told the lads to be patient.”

It was only goalless at the interval due to a Ross Fitzsimons penalty save, which came against the run of play as we stifled Chesterfield in an attacking sense.

And our work at the back was the boss’ favourite element of the win.

“The defending of our box pleased me most,” he said. “We knew we could be chasing the game if we didn’t get that part right.

“We put bodies on the lines and won headers and if we do that, we can control games with the firepower we have.

“I believe the likes of Enzio Boldewijn, Cal Roberts and Wes Thomas can flourish but it needs to be off a solid bedrock, and we showed that today.

“Ross didn’t need any motivation to perform well and he did, with a great penalty save and another couple of others as well.”

Jim O’Brien and Dion Kelly-Evans returned to the starting line-up on Saturday evening and Ardley is pleased to have them back.

“The boys coming in and doing great sums up what we’ve done all season with injuries – keep chipping away,” he said.

“It becomes real for the last 10 games. We’ve got experience because we have players that have been promoted and if we can keep that nice feel, who knows what we can achieve.

“If we don’t give away silly, avoidable goals, we’ll be there or thereabouts with winning and drawing games.”

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