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Wright: 'Massive Three Points'

6 October 2012

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Chesterfield caretaker manager Tommy Wright couldn't hide his delight after Chris Atkinson's 75th minute strike gave the Spireites their first league win on the road against struggling Aldershot Town.

The on-loan Huddersfield youngster burst forward after Craig Westcarr's impressive hold-up play to confidently slot home past Shots stopper Jamie Young with just 15 minutes remaining, as Wright's side bounced back from Tuesday's defeat at Morecambe in style.

"I'm really delighted after Morecambe," the Scotsman told the club's media team at full-time.

"There was a lot of criticism towards everybody involved at Morecambe. The second-half performance wasn't great but it was a game that we could of won if we'd taken our chances. It's been a difficult couple of days because of injuries, we never had a real chance to work on the formation and you could tell in the first 25 minutes we were struggling.

"But we changed a couple of things, gave the players some encouragement and told them to be brave and get on the ball. I thought the second-half performance was very good.

"We looked a good side and we could have scored maybe two or three. We had a couple of really good chances and when you don't take them, you think it is going to happen at the other end. 

"But that's why I brought Chris Atkinson to the club because I know he can get forward from midfield and get a goal."

The Dunfermline-born caretaker was only able to name six substitutes at The Recreation Ground, as skipper Sam Hird and Danny Whitaker both got injured in training. The captain is suffering from a slight calf strain, whilst the former Oldham winger suffered a reaction to his groin injury and both are unlikely to feature in Tuesday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy game against Doncaster at the Keepmoat.

Wright was forced into altering the back-four for the first time since the 1-1 draw with league leaders Gillingham at Priestfield back in September, moving Drew Talbot to right-back after he led the line at the Globe Arena. Terrell Forbes moved inside to partner Neal Trotman, with Liam Ridehalgh once again at left-back and Wright was delighted with the second clean sheet of the season.

"I had to stop training yesterday when Sam and Danny went down, we couldn't risk anybody else getting injured," Wright added.

"We only trained for 40 minutes yesterday and we didn't have time to work on the formation. Credit to the players, they took what we tried to do on board and under the circumstances it's a massive three points.

"I wish I had four Drew Talbot's. But personally, I think right-back is his best position. I thought Forbesy and Trots did well. Neal's had a bit of criticism lately but I thought he stood up and he was a man mountain today.

"The squad is being tested and i'm being tested. My hair's falling out and i'm not getting much sleep but i'm loving it. I've not made this an excuse but i've said many times, we just need to be in touch until we get everybody back."

Blackburn loanee Micah Evans also made his debut for The Spireites and showed signs of his ability, but Wright insists there is more to come from the 19-year-old.

"I thought we got the two wide players, Tendayi and Micah, to play the formation a lot better. I thought Micah was bright at times, but he still needs to learn a bit."

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