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We Must Be Positive Ahead Of Priestfield

31 August 2012

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Chesterfield caretaker boss Tommy Wright has urged his players to travel to Priestfield with a positive attitude on Saturday afternoon, as the Spireites go in search of their first win of the 2012/13 campaign when they face early pace-setters Gillingham.

The two sides have endured contrasting fortunes in their opening three league fixtures, with John Sheridan becoming the first managerial casualty of the League Two season after his side picked up just two points from an available nine. However, Martin Allen has had an immediate impact following his arrival at the Gills this summer, having seen his side win all three league fixtures.

Chesterfield have struggled to adapt to life back in the basement division - drawing both of their home games - and they suffered a 1-0 defeat against AFC Wimbledon on the season's opening day despite dominating proceedings in blistering heat at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

Temporary manager Wright has urged his side to put a busy week at the Proact Stadium behind them and come away from Kent with all three points.

"We've been together, we're quite close-knit and the dressing room is good," Wright said following the dismissal of Sheridan.

"The new lads that have come in the summer have settled well, there's not really any problems. I've been here from day one, they know me from being a coach and i've got a good relationship with them so we'll just go there and try and win the game."

Gillingham suffered their first defeat of the season on Tuesday night, slipping to a 2-0 defeat against Championship opposition in the shape of Middlesbrough in round two of the Capital One Cup. Martin Allen saw his side beat Bristol City in the first round though, and the Gills also put together back-to-back wins on the road before the visit of Wright's Chesterfield.

But despite only having been in the job a matter of days, the Scotsman has been working hard after making the long journey to Kent to scout his opponents ahead of Saturday's clash.

"Gillingham were playing a very good Middlesbrough side, who were absolutely magnificent on the night," Wright revealed.

"It was like watching a mini-Barcelona, they were really good so it was hard to judge Gillingham to a certain degree because they made one or two changes and Boro were formidable opposition. But I know what Martin Allen's teams are all about. It will be really difficult but we've got good players. 

"We're not playing Manchester United, or Liverpool, we're playing Gillingham and although they have got threats, so have we and I think Martin will know that they are in for a tough game.

"They look like they have got a strong squad. Looking at the reports, Martin has changed his team quite a bit, so it will be interesting to see what he plays. They've got a good manager and good players but we've got to go there and be positive."

The Spireites are yet to claim their first win following relegation from League One last season, having largely employed the 4-4-2 formation under Sheridan. But with a full-strength squad available ahead of the trip to Priestfield, Wright confirmed he has already been working on an alternative system in training.

"It depends on what players we have got at the club, but we've worked on something new this morning," Wright added.

"I've looked at one or two other things, but I would like to get a squad where I could change things around and play different systems. But if you're winning playing 4-4-2, then you tend keep that system. It's a good system.

"At the moment, in terms of 4-4-2, I don't think we've got a natural wide player and that's been a problem for us."

Tommy's first press conference as caretaker manager is now available exclusively on Spireites Player.

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