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Atkinson Hoping For Kick-Start

7 October 2012

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On-loan Huddersfield midfielder Chris Atkinson is hoping that yesterday's 1-0 over struggling Aldershot Town can provide the springboard for the Spireites to go on another unbeaten run, after they finally clinched their first away win at the sixth time of asking.

The 20-year-old notched his second goal for Tommy Wright's side following his arrival from the John Smith's Stadium as he latched on to a loose ball to slam home the decisive goal at The Recreation Ground 15 minutes from time.

It was the Spireites' first three-point haul away from the Proact Stadium after having managed only three points from a possible 15 so far on their travels and the Halifax-born youngster is hoping it can be the start of another sequence of results as Wright's side make the short journey to the Keepmoat Stadium to face Doncaster Rovers in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on Tuesday night.

"Hopefully today is another kick-start," Chris said to the media team at full-time.

"Our form's not been bad apart from Tuesday night but a couple of wins and we'll be right back up there. After the Morecambe game we just went back into training and tried to be positive and the main thing was getting three points today.

"It's a great win. Obviously we lost Hirdy and Whits yesterday in training and for the lads to come here and get the three points is fantastic."

Caretaker manager Tommy Wright was forced into two changes from the side that suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat at the hands of Jim Bentley's Morecambe in midweek, as he was without both skipper Sam Hird and Danny Whitaker meaning he could only name six substitutes.

The 25-year-old captain suffered a calf strain in training, while the former Oldham winger's groin injury flared up once again on Friday and the Scotsman admitted he had to cut training short in order to avoid his injury crisis worsening, but midway through the first-half he would have been left tearing his hair out when veteran Mark Allott was forced off with hamstring trouble.

Craig Clay deputised from off the bench and Atkinson was impressed with the shift he put in alongside himself and the stand-in skipper Sam Togwell in what was a physical battle in Hampshire.

"Craig Clay came on for Mark today and he was fantastic so we've got strong back-up on the bench,"  he added. 

"I don't mind the tackles going in, but I like to get on the ball, try and create things and make things happen. It's part of football though, you'll get games like that and you've just got to deal with it.

"We lost Whits and Hirdy yesterday, but we stayed positive. On the way down and in the team talk we stayed positive and that's all you can do, we had to deal with it and we did."

The 20-year-old doubled his tally after opening his account on his debut against Wycombe Wanderers and after constantly bursting forward to support lone-striker Craig Westcarr, he was a constant menace amongst The Shots' defence.

Atkinson came close with an attempted lob in the 56th minute but after missing that glorious opportunity, he finally got his just rewards to enable the Spireites to bounce back from their defeat at the Globe Arena in perfect style.

"Westy played it through and I saw their keeper coming and I just tried to dink it but it went over the bar, but thankfully I got my goal minutes later," Atkinson said.

"You think it's going to be another one of those days, but we stuck in till the end today. There's no better feeling [than scoring], all the fans were going mad in the corner. I ran straight over to them, it was a fantastic feeling.

"I'm absolutely loving it here. The lads are fantastic and i'm playing every week, which is the main thing."

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