Saun­ders’ Spire­ites shine on the road

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Guy Clarke

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

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