Hard graft the secret to Tommy’s form

Tommy Lee makes yet another penalty save this time against Plymouth at the Proact Stadium by Tina Jenner Chesterfield v Plymouth Argyle
Tommy Lee makes yet another penalty save this time against Plymouth at the Proact Stadium by Tina Jenner Chesterfield v Plymouth Argyle
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Chesterfield assistant manager Leam Richardson believes hard work on the training ground is the secret to Tommy Lee’s goalkeeping heroics.

The Spireites stopper had seven days to remember as he produced two man of the match performances for his injury-hit team.

Lee made a string of fine saves to force last week’s semi-final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy to a shoot out where he then went on to make two stops from seven, as Chesterfield advanced.

The 27-year-old keeper was in inspired form again on Saturday as the Spireites edged past Plymouth Argyle to keep pace at the top of League Two with leaders Oxford United.

He made a vital stop in the first half from Lewis Alessandra before he got another chance to showcase his penalty saving abilities when he denied Reuben Reid from 12 yards.

Lee then ensured an 11th league clean sheet of the season with an acrobatic save to push away Caolan Lavery’s goal-bound header late on at the Proact Stadium.

And Richardson said his performance on Saturday was ‘outstanding’.

He said: “The training he puts in through the week is phenomenal. I think when you work hard you do get your rewards and Tommy Lee has got that.

“He’s dedicated and if to argue he’s the best keeper in the league I think you could argue in a couple of leagues. He’s a good all round keeper.”

Chesterfield have appealed against the red card shown to Matty Brown during the Plymouth game.