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Wright Delighted With Tempo

11 August 2012

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Chesterfield assistant manager Tommy Wright was delighted with his side's performance after a comprehensive 3-1 win over Nigel Clough's Derby County on Saturday afternoon.

The Spireites dominated for large periods against the Championship outfit and goals from Marc Richards, his first at the B2net, and a late brace from second-half substitute Jordan Bowery put the seal on a comfortable victory as John Sheridan's side finished their pre-season campaign in emphatic fashion.

And speaking to Spireires Player after the full-time whistle, the assistant was pleased with his side's response after a 3-0 defeat to Huddersfield on Tuesday.

"I thought we did well, and played a better tempo than against Huddersfield," said the Scotsman.

"We started poorly and you can't do that against good players, but we increased the tempo today and I know it wasn't Derby's strongest team but the focus was on us today and I thought we did well. The passing and tempo was good.

"We scored some very good goals, Marc Richards got his first goal at the B2net so that was nice," he added.

"We had one or two good chances, I thought we were quite solid and obviously Jordan came on caused them all sorts of problems and scored two very good goals."

"That's what you have to do when you come on, make an impression. And he certainly did that."

Left-back Nathan Smith made his first appearance of pre-season following a long-standing ankle problem, with Terrell Forbes exiled at right-back. Skipper Sam Hird and Neal Trotman formed the centre of defence but following numerous substitutions the Rams grabbed a consolation goal in the dying seconds to deny the hosts what would have been a richly deserved clean sheet.

But with the visit of Tranmere Rovers in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday, Wright revealed that Smith is likely to feature.

"I thought Sam Hird and Neal Trotman did well," he added. 

"They've got a good partnership and we've got Forbsey who can play anywhere along the back line as well. He's a great professional and a good player so that's a plus. 

"And Nathan came back today, obviously we're a bit short on the left side and he's not done a lot of training but to say it was his first game, he did well."

"I would most definitely think Nathan will feature because of the shortage on the left side, obviously we'd like to give him a bit more time. 

"But he's a fit lad, you can see that. Hopefully there's no reoccurrence and he feels okay and i'm sure he'll be involved."

And following last season's Johnstone's Paint Trophy success, Wright revealed that any cup competition is high on the Spireites' agenda.

"Any cup competition is high on our agenda, because the Johnstone's Paint Trophy saved our season last year," he said.

 "It would have been a pretty poor season, but winning a trophy and the trip to Wembley will be in everyone's memory. Why not this year in the Capital One Cup? 

"Obviously the big boys are in, you could get Manchester United or Liverpool so that's what you've got to look at and we'll be giving it 100 per cent."

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