SPIREITES striker Marc Richards has endured a frustrating time at the Proact since his summer move from Port Vale.
The 30-year-old went eight games without a goal before he finally got off the mark against Accrington Stanley in September.
Chesterfield went on to win 4-3 but the game ended on a sour note for Richards, who sustained an ankle injury which would rule him out for over a month.
He lasted just a matter of minutes on his return as a substitute against Fleetwood before suffering a further setback, this time tweaking his hamstring.
“It’s not been the start to my Chesterfield career that I would have wanted,” the former Blackburn Rovers trainee said.
“There’s nothing like playing games. No-one wants to be on the sidelines or in the stands, it’s the most frustrating time as a footballer when you can’t go out there and do what you’re paid to do.”
Richards had to endure another four weeks on the sidelines before returning to the starting line up with a goal in the 4-1 win over Cheltenham.
He then made it two in as many games when he bagged the winner in a rain-soaked 1-0 win at Plymouth at the weekend.
It was his third goal from his last three starts for the Spireites.
He added: “Hopefully I’ve now turned the corner, and touch wood I can get a few games under my belt, now.
“All I can do is work hard and make sure I stay in the team for as long as possible.
“The manager’s come in and given us confidence. He’s come in and told us to play the way we know we can play.
“We’ve got players in the team at the moment who can create something from nothing, and at the other end we’re not conceding sloppy goals.”
Richards said there is a good blend of youth and experience in the squad and hasn’t given up on challenging at the top of League Two.
“I’ve got a job to do out there to help the team get promoted, and we’re still chasing that.
“We’ve got a lot of games and if we get one or two injuries, the lads on the sides need to be ready to come in.
“It’s going to be a hectic period as we come up to Christmas and we need to look after ourselves and not eat too much,” he added.
Chesterfield travel to Tranmere Rovers today looking to carry their recent momentum into the FA Cup.
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