Jamal Campbell-Ryce hailed what he believes was the best Chesterfield performance since his arrival at the club as the Spireites secured their League One safety on Saturday.
The 3-0 win over Bury means Danny Wilson’s men will remain in League One for next season and was achieved with a dominant display over the Shakers that left the result in little doubt.
And experienced winger Campbell-Ryce was as delighted as anyone. He said: “We’re very pleased and I thought that was the best we’ve played since i’ve been here, especially in the first-half when we were outstanding and passed them off the park.
“We got in their faces and didn’t let their key players get into the game and give them any rhythm and we were a threat every time we went forward.
“If you rely on others it can backfire so we knew it was all about us. The coaches gave us some real confidence and it meant we didn’t have to worry about elsewhere.
“We’re over the moon to have won the game and that we can relax and enjoy the rest of the season knowing we’re in League One next year.
“The physical side of our game was better. Sometimes if you don’t play well you still need to work hard and tackle well and that can get you a long way. Today we did that and played some great football too.”
Campbell-Ryce also had some kind words for fellow wide man Gboly Aryibi who gave the Bury defenders a tough time all afternoon in a sparkling display.
He said: “He’s a real talent. I’ve been where he’s at now in his career and I’m always telling him to keep at his full-backs all the time and he’s got the ability to go on and do whatever he wants to do. As long as he listens, keeps concentrating and working hard and stripping his full-backs game in, game out he’ll go far.”
Next Saturday’s trip to Bradford will now be something of a dead rubber with the hosts having already secured a play-off place, although they will be aiming to win to secure as high a position as possible in the top five.
Campbell-Ryce added: “We can go out, play freely and express ourselves. We’ll all want a good performance but we can play without as much pressure.”