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Chesterfield ‘keeper Tommy Lee produced an excellent display to record a first clean sheet of the new season against Rochdale and is happy with life under new boss Dean Saunders.
Speaking after the goalless draw, the 29-year-old was happy with his side’s performance.
He said: “Rochdale are a good side and we knew that they would create chances. We were a little bit off the pace in the first half, they did create some chances but on the whole I think a point is probably a fair result for both teams.
“I think the important thing is that we didn’t lose the game; that might have been a game that we would have lost in previous seasons so that’s a positive we’ll definitely take.
“The sort of football that the gaffer wants us to play, for it to work every week every single player has got to be on it 100 per cent and maybe today we weren’t all on it, but we didn’t lose the game.”
Pre-season fixtures and the start of the 2015/16 campaign have seen Lee encouraged to play the ball out to his defence from goal-kicks rather than the traditional hoof up the pitch, and it is a tactic implemented by Saunders that the goalkeeper has taken in his stride.
“It’s something I’ve never done before,” he said. “I’ve never played under a manager who wants me to get it down and pass to players under pressure on the edge of the box. It works, it draws teams on to us and when we’re on it and doing well like we were at Shrewsbury we cut teams to shreds.
“I’m enjoying it, I’m learning and that’s all you can do, keep trying to learn and practicing and trying to get better.”
Lee is just one of several first team players to have committed their future to the club this summer, after signing a deal to keep him at the club until the summer of 2018.