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Wright Hails 'Fantastic Result'

15 September 2012

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Caretaker manager Tommy Wright hailed his side after they recorded their first League Two win at the sixth time of asking, with a comfortable 3-1 victory over 10-man Wycombe Wanderers. The Spireites - unbeaten since the season's opening day - raced into a two-goal lead courtesy of debutant Chris Atkinson and Jack Lester, after Leon Johnson received his marching orders for a professional foul in the ninth minute.

Defender Neal Trotman sliced through his own net in the 71st minute to ensure a nervy finale for the 5,000 fans at the Proact Stadium, but skipper Sam Hird arrived five minutes from time to meet Craig Westcarr's sumptuous free-kick and guarantee all three points remained in Derbyshire.

"We made it difficult for ourselves, but I thought we started ever so well," Wright revealed to Spireites Player at full-time.

"The front two of Jack [Lester] and Rico [Marc Richards] were really good and although the sending off affected the game, that was from our good play. It was definitely a sending off and then we scored two good goals and the second-half - you have to give credit to Gary Waddock because he had a system that caused us one or two problems - I thought we got a little bit nervous and stopped doing the simple things.

"We had a spell in that first-half where we nearly got the third goal and I think if we had, it would have settled us down," he added.

"But, we conceded a very poor goal and that has to be addressed because we're conceding poor goals and it gave them a bit of a light at the end of the tunnel. But the third goal really killed them off, it was a good ball from Westy [Craig Westcarr] and Hirdy [Sam Hird] has got two in two now. It's a fantastic result for us."

Chesterfield picked up two hard-earned points on the road in their last two outings, holding table-topping Gillingham to a 1-1 draw before Jason Walker's 95th minute wonder goal snatched a last gasp point for in-form York City, either side of a 2-1 success against League One Oldham Athletic in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

The Scotsman plumped to make two changes to the side that were denied all three points at Bootham Crescent by introducing Huddersfield loanee Atkinson and the evergreen Lester in place of Mark Allott and Jacob Hazel respectively, and the caretaker boss was delighted with the performances of both players after they got themselves on the scoresheet.

"I thought young Chris Atkinson had a great debut but I thought he got tired and I knew he would because no matter how many reserve games you play, it is different," Tommy said of his latest recruit.

"I was pleased with his debut, but it was our first win and that is the most important thing. Jack's scored hundreds of goals like that, that little glancing header, but I thought he was excellent as well. I brought him off because of his age and to save his legs, as we've got another game on Tuesday."

Wright remains unbeaten in four games at the helm, having won both of his home games and drawn two away, and he will be looking to make it back-to-back wins when Accrington visit the Proact Stadium on Tuesday night.

"There's bumps and bruises, tired legs, but we'll dust them down and get them ready for Tuesday. 

Accrington have done very well so far, Paul Cook has gone in there and done very well. I haven't seen them, but I've heard they are playing some good football and it'll be another entertaining game. But if we're on our mettle, i'm confident we'll get another positive result."

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

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