Kristian Dennis is learning to work smarter, not harder for Chesterfield boss Danny Wilson.
The striker, who scored on his League One debut for the Spireites on Saturday, has taken time to settle into the pace of life at the Proact after signing from non-league in the summer.
But the 26-year-old did his chances of staying in Wilson’s good books no harm at all at the weekend, playing a starring role in the 3-1 win over Northampton Town.
His tendancy to overwork himself in certain in-game scenarios was picked up by Wilson before the pair even began working together.
“It was one of the first things he said to me when I signed, that I worked too hard last year when he came to watch me,” revealed Dennis.
“It’s a good thing because you’re working hard, but obviously you need to be fresh in the situations in and around the box.
“I’ve learnt that, it’s taken me a bit of time to get used to. But hopefully I’ve shown him what I can do and hopefully I can carry it on.”
Wilson had hinted last week that Dennis was due to get an opportunity up front and explained why it hadn’t happened for him yet.
“Kristian has been unlucky really, he’s taken a bit of time to settle into the pace of what we need, particularly up the top,” he said.
“It’s something I noticed when he played at Macclesfield. He will work all day for you, but sometimes he has to work a little bit smarter and save his legs a bit.
“By the time he gets onto the ball sometimes he’s cream crackered. Overall he has to just work a bit smarter. But he’s learning that now and he’ll not be far away.
“In the next month or two he’ll be figuring, there’s no doubt about it.”
And figure he did, working himself into the ground for Wilson’s cause as the Spireites ended Northampton’s unbeaten streak and adding the icing on the cake with the third goal.
The frontman is keen to carry on where he left off last weekend when Chesterfield visit high flying Bury this Saturday.
The Shakers sit third in the table but are just three points ahead of 10th-placed Town.
Dennis added: “Hopefully the gaffer has been impressed and will give me another run next week at Bury and hopefully I’ll get another goal.”