Danny Wilson was confident at 3pm that his side were going to put in a big performance, and by 4.45pm his players had proved him right.
The Chesterfield manager was delighted with both the defensive performance and the attacking adventure shown by his side in a 3-0 win over Bury that secured League One safety.
Goals from Jay O’Shea, Lee Novak and Dan Gardner put the Shakers to the sword in front of a crowd of over 7,000 at the Proact.
Wilson insisted he saw it coming.
“I expected that to happen to be honest because I know it’s in them, but what a day to bring it to the fore,” he said.
“It’s been quite pressurised, everyone putting everything on one game but the lads were so relaxed before they went out.
“I was very very confident today.”
Two players who gave their opposite numbers a torrid time were Gboly Ariyibi and Jamal Campbell-Ryce, who had both put dangerous crosses into the box inside the opening minutes.
Wilson revealed they were a big part of Chesterfield’s masterplan to get three points.
“I thought throughout the side, from front to back the defensive duties were fantastic, they’ve all worked their tails off to keep a clean sheet in front of Tommy. But when we did get on the ball, certainly after the first goal, some of the football was top drawer. I was delighted with them.
“It’s difficult to single anyone out that caused them problems, I think we all did.
Jay O’Shea was fantastic, Lee Novak occupied the centre-backs, the two wide boys for me were the catalyst for the win, they terrified the full-backs and that was part of our gameplan all week.
“We felt we could get some joy there, it’s nothing disrespectful to their players but I know what our players can do.
“They gave us that platform.”
Novak, scorer of the second goal and a thorn in Bury’s side afternoon, was a doubt for the game during the week after picking up a knee injury last weekend.
Wilson admitted it was a relief to get him on the teamsheet.
“The scans he had during the week came back clear, but it was a bit of a worry - without him we might have struggled, but thankfully his determination and willingness to go and compete came through.
“His general play has been fantastic for us since I came in.
“We’d be foolish not to want him back but he might have a lot of suitors.”
All week Wilson had appealed for the Spireites fans to get behind the team, and three sides of the ground did just that from the minute the team walked out.
He added: “Thankfully we put on a show for them when there’s been a big crowd, we didn’t do that against United, but we did today.
“I think there’s a lot of facets of our game they’ll go away delighted with today.
“If they don’t go away entertained I don’t think they’ll have entertainment.”