Assistant manager Tommy Wright was happy with Chesterfield’s performance after their 2-2 draw with second-placed Port Vale.
Tom Pope’s late leveller for the Valiant was enough to secure a draw for the visitors but assistant manager Wright was pleased with Chesterfield's performances in both games over the Easter period.
Speaking to Spireites Player after the game, Wright said: “Over the last two games we’ve played exceptionally well and passed it well. We’ve kept the ball and kept it short. The last two games have been against two teams pushing for promotion so it’s a good overall points tally for the two games and we were close to getting the six.
“We switched off early on but I thought our response in the first half was magnificent. We got the ball down; we passed it and even forced Port Vale into changing their system. I thought Jay O’Shea was terrific in the first half.”
Wright was frustrated with conceding late on in the game but has sympathy for the players.
He added: “We are a bit disappointed with the last goal. We felt we should have dealt with that better but when you have a goalscorer that has 30 goals you need to be tight on him and he’s got a free header and scored but I think it’s a bit harsh on the lads because the two performances against the two promotion sides have been first class.”
Former Port Vale man Marc Richards scored two goals against his former employees but was later taken off with an ankle injury. Wright was delighted with the striker’s contribution to the game.
“He’s scored two good goals. Marc’s not scored as many goals as he would have liked but there’s no doubting that he is not a top striker.”
Liam Cooper, along with Richards, was taken off in the second half with injuries to their ankles. Wright is hoping though that the injuries aren’t as bad as first feared.
“With Liam Cooper, we don’t think it’s as bad as we first feared, it’s more than a kick than a twist. He’s got a bit of a gash on his ankle so we’re quite hopeful with that. Marc Richards is a bit more of a twist so it will take longer to assess.”
On the subject of the playoffs, Wright still believes the club are in a good position to grab one of the last spots.
He said: “You never know. People react differently to pressure. You’ve just got to stay calm, believe in what you do and if we keep playing like we have in the last two games there’s no reason why we can’t go on.”
Watch the full interview on Spireites Player.