A midfielder by trade, Liam O’Neil has been relishing an extended run of games in his natural position and will be hoping the Spireites upturn in form will see him cement his place in the side.
The Spireites take a break from league action this weekend when Wycombe Wanderers travel to the Proact for the second round of the FA Cup, and the 23-year-old spoke of the confidence a third win out of three could bring them.
The former West Bromwich midfielder said: “Our target before the MK Dons game was to get three wins out of three and we have two of the three so far so hopefully we can progress in the Cup as well. That would just top it off and give us something to build on and confidence which is what we need.
“I think me and Connor Dimaio have done well in there, we had a ten, 15 minute spell where we panicked a bit and that is where we have got to really get the ball under control and control the game.
“Their second goal wouldn’t have come had we relaxed a bit more and kept the ball, but it is obviously positive for me to play in my natural position.”
Having came into the side during a period of poor form, O’Neil spoke of his determination to help turn it around and prove his worth in central-midfield.
“I was disappointed when I originally came back into the side and we weren’t picking up results. That gives the gaffer an opportunity to change it, but he has stuck by me and Connor and performances have been good, so yeah I am happy to be in a central-midfield position.”
Hard fought 3-2 wins against MK Dons and Bristol Rovers will only have strengthened the midfielders case as Danny Wilson looks to bring some solidarity to the Spireites’ midfield.
“I thought we grinded it out against Bristol. It wasn’t the one of the prettiest performances on a personal level or on a team level, but I think that is what is important and that is what has been the difference.
“We have been playing well, but haven’t been clinical in either box. We have conceded two goals today which we probably shouldn’t have, but at the end of the day it is three points and a step in the right direction.”
Asked how the side can carry the up-turn in form into the FA Cup, the 23-year-old pinpointed two key areas.
“We have just got to keep doing what we are doing, I think the two wide boys have obviously upped their game as well, Reece Mitchell has came in and done really well.
“We just have to give Wycombe the respect they deserve, the main thing is to get the win and get through to the next round, it might not be pretty but you have got to do that.”