Saunders’ Spireites shine on the road
DEAN Saunders revealed his pride at Chesterfield’s away record after they moved up to tenth with victory at Fleetwood.
The goal came on the half-hour mark as Sylvan Ebanks-Blake profited from a slight bit of fortune to score his sixth of the season.
Saunders, though, was pleased to add to his side’s impressive record on the road as they earned a fifth away win of the season.
“That’s what good teams do, they come away and win games,” he said.
“We now have one of the best away records in the entire league and that is excellent.
“I’m proud of the players, they were all magnificent.
“As a manager all you ask for is that when you look in the players’ eyes, they’re all trying to do what you’ve asked them to do and are all pulling in the same direction.
On Ebanks-Blake’s winning goal, he added: “It’s not luck. He’s finished as the top scorer in the Championship twice.
“He sniffs chances out, anticipates the ball being mis-kicked or coming off someone’s legs.
“It’s not luck, strikers like that have a vision.”
Fleetwood had the clearest opportunity early in the game, Jamie Proctor missing a great chance from six yards after David Ball had tested Tommy Lee.
Following the hosts’ bright start, Ebanks-Blake put in a few warning shots.
One was well saved by stopper Chris Maxwell before Proctor’s miss came back to haunt the Cod Army.
Dan Gardner’s right-wing cross hit Rai Simons before it looped onto the bar, confusing Maxwell and the Town backline and allowing Ebanks-Blake time to tuck in the rebound.
Town huffed and puffed in the second half, Ball saw a header ruled out for offside while McManus headed over with ten to play. Fleetwood boss Steven Pressley spoke afterwards of how his side must win more points at home.
“This has to become a venue that teams don’t like to come and play,” he said.
“After a very positive start, in the opening 20 minutes we applied ourselves really well.The balance between our need to press and then our low press was good.
“After that we were a little passive in the following 20 to 25 minutes of the first half and we never got in contact with them.
“This is a game we should never have lost over the course of the 90 minutes and that can’t happen again.”
On Proctor’s chance he added: “We had a really big chance with Proctor.
“Ball does really well, the goalkeeper saves and it comes back to Proctor on his left foot and really must score.”
STAR MAN SAM MORSY Chesterfield