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Wright: 'We're Not Up To Full Speed Yet'

20 October 2012

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Chesterfield caretaker manager Tommy Wright issued a rallying cry after his side's second successive away win in the league - 1-0 at Exeter - insisting that his side are 'not up to full speed yet.'

Huddersfield loanee Chris Atkinson was once again the match winner, powering home Tendayi Darikwa's sublime cross to score the only goal of the game just as he did at Aldershot a fortnight ago.

The win takes Wright's side up to within just one point of the League Two play-off places and with two home games coming up, the Scotsman will be hoping his side can take maximum points at the Proact, although he is aware that on their day anyone can beat anyone in this unpredictable division.

"I have been saying it all season and i'll keep saying it because we're not up to full speed yet," the Dunfermline-born caretaker pledged.

"We haven't got everybody back, the best striker probably in this league isn't back yet [Marc Richards]. Marc trained yesterday, but he was a bit tight in his hamstring. There's nothing the matter with his ankle.

"He'll be a massive boost for us, but I won't risk him. The players that have come in have done fantastically well. When we get a few more back, Nathan Smith came back today, we'll be okay."

The Spireites dominated proceedings in the Devonshire sunshine throughout the contest and took the lead just after the half-hour, when Atkinson arrived late to notch his third goal for the club.

Darikwa, Craig Westcarr and second-half substitute Mark Randall were all thwarted by City's Polish keeper Artur Krysiak and Wright former Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell to thank for denying Liam Sercombe at the death.

"I was pleased, they went close at the end but I thought we played well," he added.

"We counter-attacked well, but we needed that second goal because I knew they'd come on strong at the end. Their keeper made a few fantastic saves, I think if we had got that second goal it would have been a lot easier. 

"But credit to O'D at the end, he made a couple of great saves. The one down to his left was a really good save. But that's why he's there, to make saves and he helped us get the points today."

Former Portuguese international Luis Boa Morte continued to impress following his debut last week, while youngster Craig Clay continued his progress after several good performances in the reserves.

Wright is in the process of attempting to extent Atkinson's loan deal from the Terriers and he is pleased with how thing are starting to come together.

"You've got a man in there who's 35 in Boa Morte, running around like he's a 25-year-old and then I bring a 37-year-old [Jack Lester] on and he changes the game a bit when he comes on with his know-how and knowledge. 

"So i'm pleased with everybody, the young ones and the old ones. We're all in it together. 

"Everybody was disappointed last week, but I wasn't with our second half today because we created a lot and I was delighted with the performance.

"We've spoke to Huddersfield a couple of times [about extending Atkinson's loan], we're just waiting for them to come back. 

"I'd like to keep him because he's got a goal in him. That's why I brought him to the club, because we don't have a midfielder like that who can break from midfield. 

"The timing of his run for Tendayi's cross as perfect. He scores vital goals."

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

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