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Wright: 'We're Nicely Poised'

26 December 2012

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Chesterfield assistant manager Tommy Wright believes the Spireites are perfectly poised to make their assault on the League Two play-off places in the new year, following an impressive 3-0 win over Gary Mills' industrious York City.

Town suffered their heaviest defeat of the season last Friday when they were soundly beaten by in-form Southend United at Roots Hall, but Paul Cook's side bounced back handsomely on Boxing Day to give the biggest crowd of the season a perfect belated Christmas present at The Proact Stadium.

And the Scotsman, speaking to the club's media for the first time since returning to the assistant manager's post, was in buoyant mood following another vital three points.

"Obviously it was disappointing last week at Southend, but the important thing is how you respond to defeats like that and I thought we did that in the right manner," said Tommy.

"I thought we were excellent in the second half, they probably edged the first half. But we had one or two words at half-time, changed one or two things and it worked quite well for us. It was a great three points for us.

"They knocked the ball about well, but as I said we changed one or two things. We put Jay [O'Shea] a bit wider and he got on the ball and caused them one or two problems. To beat York 3-0 with their away record is a good achievement.

"I was pleased with all of the players' endeavour. We were disappointed with last week, but I think we have got honest players. We're not going to win every game, but as we emphasised to the players it is how you bounce back after a defeat and that was the right answer," he continued.

"The first goal is always important, teams who score first usually go on to win games. So we're pleased, it was an important three points after what happened at Southend and it leaves us nicely poised for the rest of the season."

Right-back Drew Talbot has been relatively out of sorts by his usual high standards of late, so the relief was palpable around Whittington Moor when the 26-year-old broke the deadlock 60 seconds after the restart to open his account for the season.

He became the 17th goalscorer for the Spireites this season in the process, before second-half substitute Danny Whitaker stepped off the bench 15 minutes from time to ensure Chesterfield moved to within just one point of seventh place Fleetwood Town.

The former Oldham man capitalised on a short back pass 120 seconds later, before Tendayi Darikwa added a flattering gloss to the scoreline after Luis Boa Morte's indecisiveness in front of goal cost him his first strike for the club.

"You can't keep relying on Marc [Richards] and Jack [Lester], you need to score in other areas," said Wright.

"I think the centre-halves have contributed as well, so we're pleased for Drew. The last couple of weeks haven't been the best in his career but he is a good player and he always bounces back. He's one of those players you can really rely on.

"It was his [Danny Whitaker] first touch wasn't it? When Danny gets into those positions, if you look at his goalscoring record, he is a good finisher. It took a bit of a deflection but he got it on target.

"He's a bright player, we all know that. We sometimes look at what he can't do, rather than what he can. Maybe if he was Spanish or Portuguese he would probably be playing in a top team. We really like him here. The last manager did, I do and so does Paul so he has got a lot of fans.

"Everybody will have bad games, but you should always give 100 per cent. You look at players like Drew [Talbot] and Tendayi [Darikwa] and you know what you are going to get even if they are having a bad spells they will keep digging away and Tendayi got another goal."

The Spireites conclude their 2012 with the visit of Jim Bentley's Morecambe on Saturday, who inflicted a 2-0 defeat with Wright in charge at the Globe Arena back in October.

Chesterfield have never beaten the Shrimps on home soil in their history, but another three-point haul could propel Town into the top seven heading into the new year for the first time this season.

"Morecambe are a bit of a bogey side the year we went up, I think we drew away and lost at home," recalled Wright.

"But they are all difficult games, I went to watch Accrginton last week after the Southend game and that's always a tough game up there. But Morecambe will come here, they've had some good results on the road so we'll have to be careful.

"We have to concentrate on what we're good at, we'll assess the opposition but we have got good players at this club and if we can play to our potential then we can beat anyone in this league.

"It is a happy place now, we have got two important games coming up and if we can get two positive results then it'll be a very good Christmas."

You can watch Tommy's interview in full exclusively on Spireites Player

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