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REACTION: It Was Like A Home Game - Slade

5 August 2017

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TOWN boss Russell Slade was understandably delighted with the 3-1 victory over Chesterfield on the opening day of the season, admitting that the away support made it like a home game for his side.

Over 2,600 Mariners made the trip to the Proact Stadium as goals from Nathan Clarke, Sam Jones and a Ben Davies penalty after Kristian Dennis pulled a goal back for the home side saw Town come away with all three points.

Speaking after the victory, Slade said: ''It certainly wasn't a quiet start, it was noisy anyway because our fans were magnificent from minute one to the dying seconds and it was a frantic game in terms of entertainment.

''To be honest it could have been 3-3 at half time but we managed to take our opportunities in the first period.

''Although Chesterfield had quite a fair amount of possession at times and put us under pressure, which they did because they're a good side and they'll be a tough nut to crack here at home, we still remained a real threat on the counter and probably could've scored even more.

''Everybody played their part when we were under pressure, I thought we put our bodies on the line and put numerous blocks in and a there was couple of saves from James (McKeown) so from a defensive point of view we did everything possible and were so together in denying them opportunities.

 Zak Mills' sending off means he will now miss the Carabao Cup clash with Derby County on Tuesday night, and although Slade said that he thinks it was a harsh decision, the club are unable to appeal two yellow cards.

He said: ''I'll have to have a look, I think he thought we were using delaying tactics but we were 3-1 up when he got sent off but there's nothing you can do with two yellow cards anyway.

''So it'll mean he'll miss Tuesday's game and that'll leave us a body down so someone will have to step up and I'm sure someone will be ready, whether they're 20 or 35.

Asked if there will be any changes against the Rams, the Town boss said: ''We've not got a massive squad in terms of those that are gonna figure so obviously they'll be a few changes.

''We'll wait and see how we've come out of this one to see how many there will be, I obviously had to bring Dembele off, one's not availble through a suspension and there might be one or two more.

Slade also gave an update on his search for another striker, saying: ''It's a work in progress.

'We're still on it, I would like to see that happen but it has to be a right fit and they have to want to come so we'll wait and see.''

The Mariners boss concluded by mentioning the support that his side received from the travelling faithful, who managed to create a terrific atmosphere on the day.

He said: ''The great thing is we've come out of environment, which is the only real change when you're away from home and to be honest it was like playing at home.

''That was the difference so it was fantastic.''

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