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Rub Of The Green Came Our Way

16 September 2012

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Chesterfield's midfield general Sam Togwell was delighted that his side finally got the belated victory that their performances this season have deserved, after the Spireites comfortably dispatched of 10-man Wycombe in the September sunshine at the Proact Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Tommy Wright's side clinched their first three-point haul courtesy of goals from debutant Chris Atkinson, the evergreen Jack Lester and captain Sam Hird, after Leon Johnson was dismissed for the Chairboys following his tug on Marc Richards as early as the ninth minute.

The Spireites were forced to wait until their sixth league game to kick off their League Two campaign, after a succession of four draws since their opening day defeat to AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow meant that that Town had got off to a slower start than expected.

And Togwell, a summer recruit from Scunthorpe, believes yesterday's win was long overdue.

"If you watch the games, we could have easily had 18 points so far," he told Spireites Player after the game.

"It's just little things, switching off at the wrong times and making the wrong decisions, that's what has happened in previous games and that is why we haven't got maximum points. But we've got our first win on the board now, and hopefully we can build on it.

"Apart from York, the today was probably our best display this season. But to be fair, in every game we've played well. We just haven't had the rub of the green at the right time and today, it came our way."

The 27-year-old spent the last four years of his career at the Iron, establishing himself as a fans' favourite for his industrious displays in the middle of the park and Togwell was also an ever-present in the side that gained promotion from League One via the play-offs in 2009.

He made and impressive 159 appearances at Glanford Park, scoring on five occasions but he was one of 10 players released by Alan Knill after United finished last season in 18th position. He made the switch to Derbyshire this summer, but after having picked up just two points from a possible nine, manager John Sheridan was relieved of his duties.

He gave his blessing for his assistant, Tommy Wright, to take charge following his departure and the Scotsman is unbeaten in his four games at the helm, including a 2-1 Johnstone's Paint Trophy success against Paul Dickov's Oldham. He made two changes to the side that was denied by a late equaliser at Bootham Crescent and Togwell was full of praise for Huddersfield loanee Chris Atkinson, who scored just 13 minutes into his debut.

"Chris had a great game, but it wasn't just him," Togs added.

"I thought everyone played well, but Chris has got a good future ahead of him if he works hard and listens to the right people. He had to get across the front man for his goal, which is what you are taught. If it comes your way, just get it on target and with the pace of the ball these days the keeper hasn't got much chance.

"I'd like to say my volley was on target, but I think it was going wide. It was a great reaction header from Jack  and it was a good goal. It was one of those, sometimes you'll swing and miss it and others it can end up in the top corner. 

"Luckily, I hit it well and it went to Jack's head and he put it in. More importantly, we got the win."

Chesterfield welcome Accrington Stanley to the Proact Stadium on Tuesday night and with the games coming thick and fast, the former Scunthorpe man is hoping the Spireites can string together back-to-back wins.

"You do [love playing twice a week] when you win, because it seems to all roll over. Suddenly, one win becomes two and three. We have got a good spirit, good desire not to lose games and that is important. Who knows, at the end of the season those draws might be crucial.

"The lads have enjoyed it, training has been good and I think you can see that on the pitch because we've only lost once in the league."

You can watch Sam's interview exclusively on Spireites Player.

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