Paul Cook hailed goalkeeper Tommy Lee for a ‘world class’ save during Chesterfield’s 2-0 win at home to Bristol Rovers.
The 27-year-old stopper acrobatically denied Elliot Richards’ goalbound drive before two spectacular goals from Jay O’Shea and Armand Gnanduillet secured a vital three points for the Spireites.
The Chesterfield chief said: “The reason Tommy Lee gets a contract extension and we speak about him so well is because he is a top goalkeeper, and top goalkeepers make top saves.”
Liam Cooper and Neal Trotman continued their partnership at the heart of a Spireites defence which has conceded just eight times in the last 12 games.
Chesterfield find themselves nine points from the play-offs with nine to play.
And Cook said belief is still strong at the club.
He added: “The first 15 minutes we were poor. The negativity from the players goes to the crowd and rightly so. It takes a world class save from Tommy Lee to keep us in it.
“From there we started to grow into the game and pass the ball. We need to be brave. If you make mistakes but you’re a player that works hard they’ll put up with your mistakes.
“It was a fantastic goal from Jay O’Shea and another great one from Armand, which sets us up against a team who are on a fantastic run.
“We’ve had two wins in a week and two clean sheets, we’re doing okay.”