There may have been an element of fortune in Chesterfield’s winning goal at Dagenham but it was no coincidence a full-back was pressing high up the field, says Marc Richards.
The only goal of the game came when Tendayi Darikwa charged down Femi Ilesanmi’s attempted clearance on the byline wide of Daggers’ keeper Jordan Seabright’s left-hand post.
The ball looped up into the air and an unmarked Eoin Doyle was perfectly positioned six yards out to volley it past Seabright for his fourth goal in his last five matches.
Darikwa turned in a determined man of the match performance which saw him almost score from a mazy run, which started in his own half and almost ended with a drive into the corner.
“We’ve been working on the full-backs trying to get in the box, not only the strikers, and doing exactly what Tendayi did,” said Richards.
“To be fair to Tendayi, he has been absolutely brilliant and deserves a lot credit for his performances. He never stops running.”
Richards added: “It was a warm day and the lads played well. The condition s meant it was hard but we put in a committed performance and a performance I think should, hopefully, push us over the line.”