Jimmy: ‘We’ve got to be more inventive in front of goal’

Jimmy Ryan in action for the Spireites against Southend by Tina Jenner
Jimmy Ryan in action for the Spireites against Southend by Tina Jenner

Jimmy Ryan believes Chesterfield must be more creative in their attempts to break teams down.

The Spireites midfielder says the players are disappointed to have gone six league games without a win but maintains a positive mood in the camp remains.

He said: “Teams are setting up not to lose against us at the minute, which makes it harder for us. We’ve got to be a bit more inventive in front of goal. You go to Bristol away and you expect them to come at you a little bit more, but they appeared to be happy to take a draw at the start of the game.

“We’ve got to learn from that quickly and take it into Saturday’s game.”

Ryan was speaking ahead of Saturday’s visit to the Proact Stadium of one of his former clubs, Scunthorpe United, where he endured a turbulent two years.

After a knee injury hampered his first season at Glanford Park, the 25-year-old was part of an Iron side that were relegated from League One last term.

But he said he was more focused on reigniting Chesterfield’s season rather than settling any scores.

“I’ve just got to go out and play it like any other game. I want to do well, but I see it as another game where we can pick up three points.

“My first year there I had a knee injury which kept me out for a lot of the season, so that wasn’t enjoyable at all. Then in the second season, I was injury-free and played a lot of games, but we got relegated, so it wasn’t a good season then either.

“As good as it was for me that I got a move there, it wasn’t a good time for me or the club,” he added.

Eoin Doyle serves a one-match ban for his sending off, after picking up two yellows, in the goalless draw against Bristol Rovers.

Spireites boss Paul Cook is still waiting to find out the extent of Sam Morsy’s knee injury, however, hinted the midfielder could be facing at least a month on the sidelines.