Spireites. Dean Saunders praises ‘professional’ Chesterfield FC after win over Millwall

Millwall vs Chesterfield - Dean Saunders - Pic By James Williamson
Millwall vs Chesterfield - Dean Saunders - Pic By James Williamson

Manager Dean Saunders has praised his side’s professional performance following their 2-0 win at Millwall.

Jay O’Shea’s double earned Spireites their first win over the Lions since 1981.

“That’s a good result for us and in the first half we played as well as we can play; we kept the ball off them,” said Saunders. “I don’t think they had a shot until 75 minutes.

“I knew at some stage they’d get a grip of what we were doing and eventually, a bit of it our fault and a bit of it their determination, they came out for the second half, rolled their sleeves up and had a right go at us.

“It’s difficult to play against when they’re that direct, their back four were just booming it in top of us and they’ve got some strong players up there.

“I’ve worked with Steve Morison and he’s a good player, uses his body well. We didn’t pick the second ball up at times and they were getting chances and Tommy Lee has made two great saves.

“We got through it, we were very professional in the last five or six minutes, keeping possession and keeping the ball away from them and in the end Jay scores simply from us keeping the ball.

“He’s playing with confidence, he’s playing out of his skin scoring all types of goals; I’d like him to score a few more tap ins, he’s got to get in there some times; it was a great volley, nothing to do with me.

“You can be the best coach in the World, the best tactician, but you’ve got to have good players if you want to do well and we’ve got some really good players.”

Spireites have a JPT bye so another blank week is available to Saunders ahead of Wigan’s visit to the Proact on Saturday.