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Wright 'Over The Moon' With Point

22 September 2012

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Chesterfield caretaker manager Tommy Wright revealed he was 'over the moon' after his side extended their unbeaten run to eight games following a hard-fought 0-0 draw with Northampton Town at Sixfields on Saturday afternoon. The Spireites came closest to snatching all three points when talisman Jack Lester thumped the crossbar with a left-footed effort, before he stung the fingertips of goalkeeper Lee Nicholls with a fizzing volley after the break.

The Scotsman is yet to taste defeat in temporary charge, having won all three home games and drawn all three on the road, but despite not getting their first away victory of the campaign, Wright was delighted with another richly deserved point.

"It was a very good point," he told Spireites Player at full-time

"It was our first clean sheet of the season, it's a difficult place to come against a team that's doing well, especially at home. We knew what we had to deal with and I thought the back-four, who I was very disappointed with on Tuesday, were excellent today. 

"Jack had a great effort that hit the bar and he had another good chance that he usually puts in, but we can't be too hard on him can we? I thought the commitment, attitude and discipline of the players - especially at set-pieces - was very good, so i'm over the moon really.

"It was a physical battle. We knew what we were going to get and we had to compete, it's not an ideal game for players like Chris Atkinson but when he got the ball he got it down and got it out wide for us and we got the ball into some decent areas and put the ball into the box. So overall, I've got to be delighted with a point."

Aidy Boothroyd's side have been in good form on home soil so far this season, having suffered just one defeat against Championship newcomers Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Capital One Cup. The Cobblers have also overcome Cardiff City and MK Dons at Sixfields and after conceding three goals at home to Accrington Stanley on Tuesday, Wright was looking for an improvement from his defence this afternoon.

"I was quite critical of certain players during the week, I said they must do better and those certain players did do a lot better today," he added.

"O'D had a bad night on Tuesday but he did bounce backed well and what he had to do, he dealt with well. There is a good spirit in the dressing room, I think you can see that on the pitch. Even when we go behind, we keep pushing and getting goals and today we had to dig in. I felt we could have been a bit better on the counter-attack, but we had the better chances.

"I saw Gillingham won again, so we're the only team to take points off of them. They're difficult places to come and it's nice to get them out the way early on in the season and if we can get stronger, things will look good for us."

The interim boss also handed Tendayi Darikwa his first start of the season after several impressive cameos from off the bench and he explained his decision for choosing the Nottingham-born youngster in the absence of the injured Marc Richards.

"I knew Northampton were strong on the flanks and I thought Drew and Tendayi either side would have the energy to help the full-backs and counter-attack and I thought they did that quite well," Wright said.

"Tendayi's a very fit lad, he's a good athlete. But obviously when you play against good players, who move the ball quickly, you've got to be bright upstairs as well. I thought he got caught one or two times early on in the game, but as the game went on I thought he got stronger."

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

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