Right back Tendayi Darikwa headed in his first goal of the season to ensure Chesterfield beat Crewe Alexandra on Monday.
The 23 year old who is approaching 150 first team games for Spireites looks set for another first; he’s the only outfield player to have started every league game this season and five more starts will mean he’ll be the first non-goalkeeping ever present since midfielder Tom Curtis in 1995-96.
Darikwa, who was a raiding midfielder in his early days as a pro, has converted successfully to play the full-back role in the manner desired by manager Paul Cook, getting forward and delivering crosses.
After helping the team to a fourth straight win, three of them to clean sheets, he said: “First and foremost your job is to defend and get clean sheets, we’ve had a few in the last few weeks, so if I can get forwards as well that’s great.
“But most importantly I’m a defender, though it was good to get on the score sheet for my first goal of the season.”
Darikwa, targeted by the likes of Everton in recent seasons, confirmed what the dressing room feelings were after making it 12 points from 12: “We’re confident, full of confidence but we’re not getting complacent, we know we’ve still got a lot of hard work to do and that starts on Saturday at Barnsley when we’ll be hoping to keep the run going and end up making the play-offs.
“Every footballer likes to play in the big games and we don’t fear anyone, we go into every game trying to play the right way. Hopefully we can take a good following to Barnsley, the fans have been fantastic and followed us all around the country.”
Cook has no outfield injury issues ahead of the trip to Oakwell.