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Wright: 'We Were Fortunate'

18 September 2012

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Caretaker manager Tommy Wright revealed that his side were fortunate to clinch all three points after they edged a plucky Accrington side 4-3 on a chilly autumn night at the Proact Stadium. Paul Cook's visitors had twice fought back from 2-0 and 3-2 down before Terrell Forbes' strike five minutes from time ensured the Spireites made it back-to-back wins for the first time in the 2012/13 League Two campaign.

The hosts once again raced into a two goal lead courtesy of Jack Lester's delightful lob, before he turned provider for Marc Richards to open his account for the Spireites with a glancing header in the 11th minute. Benin international Rommy Boco reduced the arrears with a header before the break and Peter Murphy levelled for Stanley 13 minutes after the restart.

The evergreen Lester put Chesterfield noses back in front in the 66th minute, but Boco wasn't to be outdone and just 10 minutes later the French-born forward skipped by two before rifling home his second of the evening. Stanley left-back Michael Liddle then suffered from a rush of blood to the head seven minutes from time and received his marching orders for a reckless lunge on Lester and Forbes made him pay just two minutes later as he slammed home Lester's hooked cross.

"To be honest, I'm probably one of the luckiest managers tonight," Wright told the Spireites media team at full-time.

"I thought they were excellent and for us to win the game was a bit harsh on Accrington. They caused us a lot of problems and they were a lot better than us. We had maybe four or five players that weren't at the races tonight. We were too far off people, we didn't get that hunger and desire to close people down and get tight and if you let players do that even in this league, they will hurt us.

"I'm maybe changing my mind about being a manager now," he joked.

"But no, it wasn't enjoyable. 99 per cent of the time we'd have got beat, I thought we were fortunate tonight. The front two and maybe one or two others did very well, but maybe that is a good sign. We scored four goals and played badly, but we must defend better."

The Dunfermline-born caretaker chose to name the same side that comfortably dispatched of 10-man Wycombe on Saturday, but after racing into a two-goal lead his side made hard work of it against an impressive Stanley.

Talisman Lester moved on to five goals for the season, but not before crossing for former Port Vale striker Richards to nod home his first for the club. The summer arrival later went down in stoppage time before being stretchered off after the full-time whistle, but Wright was delighted with the contribution of his strike force.

"I thought our two strikers were excellent again tonight," he added.

"When we did get good service into them and we got crosses into the box, we scored goals. We've scored four at home, but in other areas of the pitch we weren't good enough and I've got to address that.

"I thought Jack's lob was going in from where I was stood. I was at ground level and it looked like it was always going to go in. I think it hit the post and went in, but from where I was my worry was that it would hit the post and come back out, I didn't think it had gone over. So, it was great finish by the old master and I thought he was tremendous tonight.

"It was nice to get Marc his first goal too, but i'll go to mass tomorrow morning and light a prayer and hope the man above us has looked after him tonight."

Stanley manager Paul Cook was left apoplectic in the tunnel after he thought Lester handled the ball in the build-up to his second goal and was also disappointed with Liddle's dismissal. It was the second successive game the Spireites' opponents have been reduced to 10-men, but Wright remained coy on the referee's decision.

"I saw Paul, he wasn't very happy and to be fair" Wright said.  

"It did look like handball from Jack but I thought we should have been 3-0 up. It did look like handball, he's probably got a good argument there but so have we with Richards' disallowed goal as well.

"I couldn't see it [Liddle's tackle]. He lunged in, I've seen them sent off before and not but i'm not too sure, I was a long way away."

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