SPIREITES: Dean Saunders praises Chesterfield’s spirit after consecutive wins

Chesterfield vs Southend - Dean Saunders - Pic By James Williamson
Chesterfield vs Southend - Dean Saunders - Pic By James Williamson
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Dean Saunders praised the spirit of his Chesterfield side after notching up back-to-back wins in League One.

The Spireites recorded a first home victory since the opening day of the season on Tuesday night in a 3-0 success over Southend United.

Chesterfield vs Southend - Sylvan Ebanks-Blake celebrates with Daniel Jones after doubling Chesterfields lead - Pic By James Williamson

Chesterfield vs Southend - Sylvan Ebanks-Blake celebrates with Daniel Jones after doubling Chesterfields lead - Pic By James Williamson

It was also the first time Saunders’ side had kept a clean sheet at the Proact Stadium since August and moved Chesterfield up to ninth.

Lee Novak broke the deadlock early on and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake continued where he left off at Walsall, in Saturday’s 2-1 win, with a brace.

Saunders said: “I didn’t get too carried away when we lost to Gillingham (in the Spireites’ last home game) because the performance was good.

“I’m pleased for our supporters because it’s been frustrating for them, the players and us. Some games we’ve chucked it away after playing well.

Chesterfield vs Southend - Dean Saunders - Pic By James Williamson

Chesterfield vs Southend - Dean Saunders - Pic By James Williamson

“It was a good performance all the way through the game and first half we could have scored more. We didn’t make mistakes and we took our chances.”

He added: “They (Southend) could have scored three or four. I’m not going to be blinkered by the scoreline. We’ve got stuff to work on. It’s a work in progress.

“We’re not the finished article.

“We’ve lost a few players, we’ve brought some in and things go wrong. We just have to keep working on the training pitch and coaching the players.”

The Spireites manager reserved special praise for Charlie Raglan but will be without fellow centre-half Ian Evatt after he picked up a fifth booking.

“We’ll miss Evo but we’ve got a good squad and they’re ready (for Saturday). We’ve got spirit and I thought we looked fit and strong,” he said.