Chesterfield: Delight at Georg’s marvellous maiden goal

Georg Margreitter
Georg Margreitter

Austrian defender Georg Margreitter headed home his first goal in England to earn a point against Notts County last weekend.

The 25-year-old, on loan from Wolves, for whom he’s only appeared in three matches, headed the leveller just after a similar effort struck the bar and just before another was blocked on the line.

Speaking about the football he’s experienced at League One level, the former Austria Vienna and FC Copenhagen man, who’s appeared in the Champions League and Europa League said: “I expected a lot of kick and rush when I came here but I also knew that this team is trying to play football and that’s what I’ve seen so far in training and on match days.

“We try to keep possession of the ball and we create chances. The main goal for me as a defender is to come off the field with a clean sheet, which didn’t happen against Notts County. It was my third game and we’ve conceded too many goals for my taste. That’s the main thing we need to work on for next week.”

About his powerfully headed goal from Aston Villa loanee Daniel Johnson’s right wing corner, he added: “We were strong from set pieces and Johnson’s delivery was really good. I had a chance just before my goal into the same corner so I felt comfortable when the ball came in. I just did the same thing and it came off.”

The 30 minutes played after his equaliser virtually all belonged to Spireites and he concluded: “Sometimes when you can’t convert your chances you have to be lucky with set pieces and that’s what happened in the last game.

“The whole team was good from them so we should go on from there and use our strength from set pieces.

“We had enough chances for half a season so we should look to score at least one more then it becomes 2-1 and everyone goes off the field happy.”

Margreitter is set to keep his spot alongside Ian Evatt in the centre of Chesterfield’s defence for the eagerly anticipated game with Sheffield United on Saturday (1pm) and left-back, ex-Owl Dan Jones, is also set to return after a hamstring injury to strengthen the back four.