The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Sam All­sop

RITCHIE Humphreys is not in the run­ning to be the next Ch­ester­field man­ager but the care­taker boss couldn’t hide his de­light as Dan Gard­ner earned three points against fel­low rel­e­ga­tion ri­vals Coven­try.

It took un­til the 77th minute for the dead­lock to be bro­ken but it was well worth the wait, Gard­ner ham­mered the ball home from 25 yards out af­ter good work from Jay O’Shea cre­ated the open­ing.

That gave Humphreys, in charge of the Spireites fol­low­ing Danny Wilson’s de­par­ture last week, a wel­come three points, and he was grate­ful to the at­ti­tude of the play­ers in a tricky sit­u­a­tion.

“As a coach or man­ager you can’t re­ally teach Dan Gard­ner to put that in the top cor­ner like he did, that was the dif­fer­ence be­tween the sides in the game,” said Humphreys.

“There has been a real com­ing to­gether, I’ve been in this sit­u­a­tion be­fore where man­agers have left and it can mean un­cer­tain times for the play­ers.

“All we could do was get the three points,

“The next per­son in charge will no doubt have seen some of our games and al­ready know the play­ers,

“They will ob­vi­ously have their own thoughts and pro­cesses but if me and Matt [Duke] can help out, we just want the best for the play­ers.”

Humphreys’, who is also Chair­man of the PFA, ruled him­self out of the run­ning for the va­cant man­ager’s po­si­tion ear­lier in the week.

And the in­di­ca­tion is that exWi­gan Ath­letic boss Gary Cald­well will be ap­pointed be­fore the visit of AFC Wim­ble­don next Satur­day.

Mean­while the Sky Blues fans trav­elled up to Der­byshire in strong num­bers and were voic­ing their opin­ion with chants of ‘Sisu out’ through­out.

But they strug­gled to cre­ate

many chances in a game that was bro­ken up by a long de­lay fol­low­ing a head in­jury for Ch­ester­field cen­tre-back Tom An­der­son.

Ge­orge Thomas could have grabbed Coven­try a late equaliser but fired over.

Just be­fore the hour the vis­i­tors had seen a Mar­cus Tudgay ef­fort ruled out for off­side, much tothe frus­tra­tion of man­ager Rus­sell Slade.

He said: “The one where Tudgay was flagged off­side, he wasn’t off­side.

“I looked at the footage and it was a gen­uine goal and that is two weeks run­ning now we’ve had that sit­u­a­tion.

“When you’re bat­tling down there these things are mas­sively im­por­tant. There were a lot of 50/50 de­ci­sions and we didn’t get many of them, that’s not me hav­ing a go at the man in the mid­dle but not much went our way.

“The de­feat has made me dou­ble de­ter­mined to do some­thing, the pos­i­tive thing is there is plenty of points still to play for, we have a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to do some­thing about it.”

PIC­TURES: ProS­ports/ Aaron Lup­ton

TUS­SLE: Coven­try de­fender Jor­dan Willis, left, chal­lenges striker Ched Evans. IN­SET: Dan Gard­ner cel­e­brates his win­ner STAR MAN DAN GARD­NER Ch­ester­field

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