Chesterield happy with points haul

Jimmy Ryan
Jimmy Ryan

Chesterfield midfielder Jimmy Ryan has looked back with some pride to his side’s promising start in League One.

Despite going out at the first hurdle in two cup competitions, ten points from the opening five games is solid reward in the bread and butter of the league.

The former Accrington Stanley and Scunthorpe United man said: “We are pleased with the amount of points we have picked up so far.

“Obviously there was the loss to MK Dons but we still played well in that game so there really aren’t too many negatives to look back on.”

Ryan’s holding midfield partnership with Player of the Year Sam Morsy has been instrumental in Chesterfield’s success, but occasionally Ryan has been pushed forward to accommodate others in the team.

He added: “It’s been different, the gaffer knows what position I’m best in and what I enjoy.

“But if he needs me to do a job for him, like playing on the wing, then I’m happy to do that for him.

“He knows I’ll give it my all. That’s all I can do, really, try my best and that’s what I do. It doesn’t matter where I play I will always try my best.

“It’s not completely strange to me, but when you play somewhere for so long like I did last year you kind of forget the role a little bit, which might sound a bit daft seeing as its only 20 yards away on the pitch, but it changes your whole outlook on the game.”

Ryan, who was not fully fit when he played at his former home Glandford Park in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat a week ago, is now fully re-charged and ready to take in the Iron again at the Proact Stadium, on Saturday afternoon.

Spireites manager Paul Cook will have to plan for the Scunthorpe game without Drew Talbot, Sam Hird, Dan Gardner and Ritchie Humphreys but will be hoping the rest of his squad will be fully available.