Chesterfield's 'togetherness' praised after win against Dagenham and Redbridge

Danny Webb praised Chesterfield’s togetherness following the win against Dagenham and Redbridge.

By Liam Norcliffe
Sunday, 6th February 2022, 2:20 pm

Webb made five changes to the starting line-up with Jak McCourt the most notable of those having not started a league game since September.

Laurence Maguire (Achilles) and Curtis Weston (ankle) missed out with short-term issues and Manny Oyeleke (calf) was not ready to start although he came on for the last 25 minutes.

There was no place in the squad for Tom Denton and Joe Rowley but Webb says everyone is pulling in the same direction.

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Jak McCourt made his first league start in four months against Dagenham and Redbridge.

"There are people in that dressing room who really care,” Webb told the DT.

“People who are not in the squad sometimes sulk and get in the car and drive home but they are all in their high-fiving each other and that is what we need. To have any sort of success you need to be together.

"Big Dents was left out of the squad today, Joe Rowley has been absolutely excellent and Melvin Minter goes everywhere knowing he is probably not going to be on the bench.”

McCourt put in a man-of-the-match performance and came off with cramp after 65 minutes.

“He was excellent, very good,” Webb said.

"He has not played much recently but he has come in and run his socks off.

"My message before today to everyone, not just Jak, was to go and enjoy yourself, go and play and make some tackles. Obviously there were tactical elements around that but the final instruction was just to go and give it your all, nobody is going to have a go at you, the fans will clap you off if you see you are giving it your all and that is what they did.”

Akwasi Asante put in his best showing since returning from injury and Webb said he did some ‘really good things’.

Webb added: "The three of them (Kabongo Tshimanga, Asante and Liam Mandeville) had specific instructions in and out of possession and it was nice, even at the end, to see them working hard to stop the longer balls coming in the box and not leaving it with a 2-2 draw which would have been gut-wrenching.”