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Wright: 'We're A Work In Progress'

29 September 2012

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Chesterfield caretaker manager Tommy Wright stressed that his side still have work to do after they drew their sixth game of the season in a 1-1 stalemate with last season's play-off semi finalists Torquay United. 20-year-old Tendayi Darikwa gave the Spireites the lead with his first senior goal three minutes after half-time, but Neal Trotman's slip barely 120 seconds later presented Gulls striker Rene Howe with the chance to slot home his sixth goal of the season.

That meant that Chesterfield were denied their fourth successive home win, but Wright has extended the club's unbeaten run to an impressive nine games after suffering an opening day defeat to AFC Wimbledon in blistering heat at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

"We've had success over the last two seasons and everybody is desperate to go back up," Wright told Spireites Player at full-time.

"But as I have said before, it's a long old season. We're working on things, we're a work in progress and it is a game we should have won. But we haven't, so we need to be better next time.

"We're unbeaten in nine, we've played some difficult teams and as you can see from results today, the league is very undecided at the minute," he added. 

"I'm not making excuses, but we have had one or two very important players out injured. Tommy [Lee] is a massive player for us and you saw what Marc [Richards] and Jack [Lester] were like together the other night. For a club this size and the squad we've got, it does take its toll, but we're grinding out results and doing alright.

"I'd just say to the fans, it is a long season. I know they want to win every game and I want to win every game. But the players were trying to and it is a game we should have won. But it's another draw, we'll move on and hopefully get another win on Tuesday."

Martin Ling's side have suffered a hangover after succumbing to a 4-1 aggregate defeat against Cheltenham Town in last season's play-offs, boasting the exact same record as the Spireites having won two, drawn six and lost just one of their nine league fixtures.  The Gulls were also hoping to end their hoodoo of having not won in 18 previous league visits to Chesterfield, which now stretches to an incredible 19 attempts.

The Spireites now face back-to-back away matches against Morecambe and Aldershot Town respectively and with his side still yet to win on their travels, Wright will be hoping they can arrest their form on the road after dropping two points today.

"I'm disappointed with the result, but I think we can take a lot of heart from the performance," Wright added.

"Sometimes you just need the run of the ball and maybe we just didn't get that today, but we scored and we should have gone on and won the game. Defensively, I thought we were okay until we conceded the equaliser, but Torquay are hard to beat away from home and they will be delighted with a point."

On loan Blackburn Rovers youngster Micah Evans was introduced just after the hour-mark to make his debut and Wright insisted the 19-year-old will prove to be a decent acquisition after an impressive cameo.

"I thought he [Micah Evans] did well, he got hold of the ball and got us up the park,' Wright said.

"He needs to be a bit more direct at times, we'll work on that with him. But he came inside and created one or two openings and I don't think he gave the ball away in the whole game, so I think he'll get better."

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

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