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Wright: 'We've Got To Win Our Battles'

27 September 2012

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Chesterfield caretaker manager Tommy Wright will be hoping to make it four home wins on the bounce when Martin Ling's Torquay United visit the Proact Stadium on Saturday and exact revenge after the Gulls knocked the the Spireites out of last season's FA Cup.

Torquay booked their place in the Round Two draw with goals from Danny Stevens, Rene Howe and Kevin Nicholson to cancel out Jordan Bowery's header at the then B2Net Stadium and both sides went on to suffer heartbreak later that season, as Chesterfield surrendered their League One status while Torquay were beaten in the League Two play-off semi-finals by Cheltenham Town.

The Gulls have suffered a hangover following their 4-1 aggregate defeat to Mark Yates' side, boasting the exact same record as Chesterfield having won two and drawn five of their eight league games so far and the Scotsman is wary of the threat Saturday's visitors pose.

"Martin's done a great job since he's been there," he told Spireites Player.

"They've played the system all the time, up front they've got Rene Howe who does very well for them. They try to pass the ball, we know how they'll play because they haven't changed since they beat us in the cup last year.

"They played very well here, but it's up to us how we play. We've got to force our methods on to them and win our battles. We've worked on it today in training, specifically what they play and how we're best to counter that. 

"All I can say is hopefully it works!"

The interim boss has enjoyed an impressive start to his tenureship, winning all three home games and drawing all three on the road. The Spireites battled to a hard-fought goalless draw at Sixfields last week, but despite having not yet won away from the Proact Wright has been delighted with his side of late.

"I felt it was a workman like performance," he said about the 0-0 draw with Northampton.

"It wasn't the best but we knew they were going to be physical and put balls in the box and I thought we dealt with it very well.

"I'm delighted with the start. Obviously you want to win every game, but the games we've played away from home especially Gillingham and Northampton, who have got great home records and we also played York, who beat Rotherham in the JPT.

"So we've had difficult away games and I know we haven't won on the road yet but we've had encouraging performances."

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


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