Goalscorer Maguire takes the positives from Spireites' FA Cup draw.

Chesterfield goalscorer Laurence Maguire said the Spireites' performance, their style of play and being in Monday's draw were the positives from today's FA Cup clash with Billericay.

Saturday, 10th November 2018, 5:20 pm
Updated Monday, 12th November 2018, 10:14 am
Laurence Maguire celebrates his goal.
Laurence Maguire celebrates his goal.

It ended 1-1, despite a number of chances for the hosts, who dominated large spells of the game against their National League South visitors. REPORT HERE.The defender gave his side a 17th minute lead with only his second ever goal as a professional.

His header, from a Joe Rowley corner, was the first time he'd found the net in almost two years.

And it was the direct result of extra work on the training pitch.

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"It's been a long time coming," he said.

"We've been working a lot on set-plays this week with Adrian Whitbead and the gaffer.

"We've been out on the pitch, me, Will (Evans), Joe Rowley, Haydn (Hollis) and Reidy, practising every morning.

"For me to get on the end of one is obviously pleasing for me."

That goal was cancelled out by a fine long-range strike by Emmanuel Moses early in the second half, before a Chesterfield onslaught failed to break through the stubborn Ricay defensive showing.

Maguire felt Town created enough opportunities to put the tie to bed and with time running out felt certain the winner was due to arrive.

"It just felt like we had a lot of chances to go and win the game, but it wasn't to be.

"They've scored a cracker from 25 yards.

"When the ball fell to Zav in the last two minutes I thought he would put it away, but it was a great save by the keeper."

He was keen to look on the bright side, however, as although Town have only won once since 11th August, they stretched their unbeaten run today.

"The positives we can take are that we're in the hat, the performance and the style of play," he said.

"With the amount of passes it must have been a high possession.

"We're in the draw for Monday, in the hat for the next round.

"It'll be tough to go to Billericay but we've got enough to go there and get the win and get through to the second round."