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Whitaker: 'We Acquitted Ourselves Well'

30 December 2012

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Chesterfield midfielder Danny Whitaker was pleased with the response from his team-mates after they managed a 1-1 draw with Morecambe after having been reduced to 10-men at The Proact Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

On-loan Hull City youngster Conor Townsend endured a bittersweet day after scoring his first career goal - a stunning free-kick that left Shrimps stopper Barry Roche with no chance five minutes before the break - before receiving his marching orders after his flailing arm inadvertently caught Morecambe skipper Will Haining.

Chris McCready's header had earlier given Jim Bentley's side the lead in contentious circumstances when it was adjudged to have crossed the line, but the home side responded and were unfortunate not to earn all three points.

But Whitaker, who returned to the starting eleven after an impressive cameo against York on Boxing Day, was keen to focus on the positives ahead of the trip to Accrginton on New Year's Day.

"I thought we still created chances and kept the ball in decent areas of the pitch and caused them problems even when we had 10-men, so it wasn't all bad," he told Spireites Player after the game.

"If you look at the DVD, you will see how many chances we created in the first half that went just wide from corners and crosses and we carried that on in the second half. Obviously it's hard when you go down to 10-men because they are going to press and have more of the ball, but I thought we acquitted ourselves well and kept moving the ball around.

"I love it [in the hole behind the striker]. The gaffer said to go out, enjoy myself and get on the ball to create chances for other players and take your own chances if you get any.

"Obviously I just came on [against York] and it was luck of the draw really whereas today i've been on the whole game and had a chance right at the end which I probably should have scored. I'll be annoyed about that for the next couple of days, but that is football and i'll move on.

"It shaved the post, I probably had more time than I thought. I should have had another touch and wrapped my foot around it a bit more.

"Obviously when we went down to 10-men you aways think, here we go, backs to the wall. But we created some more opportunities after that and I thought we looked the better team.

"They hit us on the counter attack, which the were going to because they had an extra man, but I thought we created more chances."

The Spireites were just beginning to turn the screw when the young Tiger was dismissed; the second controversial decision of the afternoon made by referee Mr. Carl Berry.

Townsend was understandably deflated following his first red card and the former Oldham Athletic winger thinks the 19-year-old can count himself unlucky to have had an early bath, as well as believing McCready's header didn't cross the line.

"It was a harsh sending off," Danny said.

"He had the high of the first half and then a low in the second, but it was very harsh. I don't know what view the referee got but I was right in line with it and he should have consulted his linesman.

"But obviously we picked ourselves up and probably should have got all three points.

"I think that was dubious as well [McCready's goal], I was stood right on the post.

"Tommy's clawed it out and I don't think the whole ball was over the line. I don't know where the linesman was, but if he was in line with it then he probably would have seen the whole ball wasn't over but that is the way it goes sometimes.

"You can look from their reactions that it was debatable. But you just have to get on with it at the end of the day, he's not going to change his decision. 

We went on to get a deserved equaliser and possibly could have had more."

Chesterfield travel to The Crown Ground on New Year's Day, three points adrift of the play-off places heading into 2013. 

Manager Paul Cook will be hoping he can get one over his former employers and after enduring a spell on the bench, Whitaker is beginning to enjoy life under the Liverpudlian.

"It will be [a special day for Paul Cook], but i'm sure he will put that to the back of his mind and concentrate on what we have got to do. 

"We've got some tough games coming up after that, so we have got to go there full of confidence and see where that takes us.

"He just gives you the freedom to go and play football, which suits me down to the ground. He gives you the confidence to get on the ball and create chances and that's what I like doing.

"There's nothing between the top 12, anyone can beat anyone. It's about being consistent, picking up wins at home and points on the road and we'll soon creep up there."

You can watch Danny's interview in full on Spireites Player

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