Leam Richardson praises ‘big win’ for Chesterfield FC

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Spireites assistant manager Leam Richardson praised his side’s display after they beat Fleetwood 3-0 to leapfrog their visitors in the table.

The comfortable win was secured with goals from Caolan Lavery, Sam Hird and Sam Morsy and helps to reignite Chesterfield’s stalling play-off push

“It’s a huge win,” he said. “I thought it was important we put in a solid performance, never mind the result and I think we got that. We lost (Eoin) Doyle in January and took in a couple of lads who haven’t played regular football.

“It’s important they get their fitness and Robbo (Gary Roberts) has come back, as has Ollie Banks, we’ve had a couple of big players out and as we’ve seen when you’ve got personel on the pitch they link up easily and we got the three points.

“It’s felt like we’ve had a good training week for the first time in a long time, with the weather and midweek matches, it’s important to get out on the training pitch and we’ve managed to do that. The lads certainly knew their jobs this week.”

The Spireites have already travelled to stadium:mk twice this season in the FA Cup, having been forced to replay their second round tie, and have won both by the same margin.

Another 1-0 success on Tuesday night would go some way to helping Chesterfield’s push for the top six but Richardson is under no illusions over the scale of the task at hand.

“It’s important we have a good few days now before MK Dons,” he added. “We’ve met them a couple of times this year and we’ll know what to expect. It’ll be a tough game, they’re flying well and we expect it to be a good football game as well as a good test.”

Chesterfield put an end to a winless four-game run with a comfortable 3-0 victory over ten man Fleetwood Town to reignite their play-off ambitions in League One.

Sam Morsy donned the armband for the Spireites and was the driving force for the hosts on a day when Gboly Ariyibi and Ollie Banks delivered eye catching performances.

And it was Ariyibi, an early replacement for the injured Dan Jones, who provided the assist for Caolan Lavery to break the deadlock in the 31st minute for Chesterfield.

A second three minutes before the break from Sam Hird almost ended the game as a contest and Antoni Sarcevic’s sending off for dissent certainly did so in the aftermath.

Morsy got the goal his performance deserved just after the hour-mark, following another contribution from the exciting Ariyibi, to move the Spireites up to seventh.

Graham Alexander, the Fleetwood manager, couldn’t hide his frustrations in the dug out and followed Sarcevic from the field, watching the last half and hour from the stands.

It was a day for him, his team and their spattering of away followers to forget as Chesterfield dominated the second half and could have heaped more misery on their opponents.

The Spireites are unlikely to have as easy a ride on Tuesday when they travel to take on a MK Dons side who remain second despite a 2-1 defeat at managerless Coventry City.