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Wright: 'A Point Would Have Been Fair'

24 October 2012

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Chesterfield caretaker manager Tommy Wright was left understandably deflated after Chris Atkinson's late own goal gave Fleetwood Town a scarcely-deserved three points on a dank autumn evening at the Proact Stadium.

Steven GIllespie gave the Cod Army the lead after just five minutes, pouncing on a loose ball to slam home his fourth goal of the campaign before Tendayi Darikwa's wonder goal on the stroke of half time squared things up.

But the Huddersfield loanee could only prod through his own net in the 90th minute after Jamie Mulligan's free-kick had caused chaos amidst the Spireites' penalty box.

"They're a good side," Wright told the club's media team at full-time.

"They're third in the league and for a reason. They've got good players and you saw that tonight. I thought we gave them too much room in the first 20 minutes. It's been a trying couple of days for everybody but I thought the players did well.

"We're just disappointed with the result. I thought the players played well at times, we just have to brush up on one or two little things in both boxes. 

"I thought a point would have been a fair result."

Wright's side moved themselves within a point of the division's play-off places with an impressive 1-0 win against Exeter City at St James Park on Saturday, courtesy of Atkinson's 32nd minute header.

The Spireites still remain just one win away from local rivals Rotherham United down in 13th ahead of the visit of Edgar Davids' Barnet on Saturday, and Wright will be hoping his side can put another unbeaten run together to boost their promotion chances.

"It's a very fine margin and i've always said that," Wright added.

"If we could just get everybody fit, I think we'd be okay. Everybody gave their best, there's no doubt about that. It's a thin line between winning and losing, but we'll keep going.

"We just need to improve in both boxes. I know the fans will be disappointed because we've not won a lot at home. But the signs are there that we're getting better."

Former Port Vale striker Marc Richards travelled to Devonshire at the weekend but didn't make the squad, although he made his comeback tonight after suffering an ankle injury in the 4-3 home win over Accrington Stanley.

His comeback was short-lived, however, after he was withdrawn barely two minutes after his introduction with a slight hamstring strain.

"He [Marc Richards] trained well yesterday and felt okay, so my plan was to give him 20 minutes. 

"Unluckily it went again and it just didn't work really. It's disappointing for Marc because he's desperate to get on the field of play. It'll definitely be a couple of weeks i'd imagine."

You can catch Tommy Wright's interview in full exclusively on Spireites Player.

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