Leam Richardson praised Chesterfield’s professionalism after a 3-0 win over Crawley Town on Tuesday night.
Two goals from Eoin Doyle and another from Jay O’Shea sealed victory for the Spireites who move up to fifth.
Richardson said: “They’re tough games to play, especially after the weekend at Derby and all the hype, to come on a Tuesday night with the attendance a little bit lower - I thought the fans were great - and once the tempo raised a little bit after half an hour I thought the lads performed very well and deserve the win.”
Richardson confirmed skipper Sam Morsy picked up a dead leg early in the second half and was substituted.
And the Chesterfield assistant manager added that Doyle was disappointed not to get a hat-trick on the night.
“Eoin will be disappointed he didn’t get three,” said Richardson. “He gambled off another chance and lives off them.”
Speculation surrounds the striker’s future. Richardson added: “We want to keep everyone together.”