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Gardner: "I never thought that we were in any danger"

7 September 2015

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After opening the scoring with a fine strike against Wigan Athletic on Saturday, Dan Gardner struggled to hide his disappointment after his Spireites side went on to lose 3-2 at the Proact.

Starting with the positives, Gardner got his goalscoring season under way when he cut inside from the left and bent a superb finish into the far top corner.

The midfielder talked through his net finder: "It was a good goal, but a bad result, the only good thing about it was to get off the mark for the season. I was waiting for Dan Jones to get around me and see if I could slip it through to him, but then I've come inside, seen it open up and hit it.

"I got another similar chance a few minutes later - I probably should have passed that one on though, I got a few moans at me after that."

The Latics drew level with a penalty, but in the first half Gardner thought he'd won one of his own, when he appeared to be felled in the area, only for the referee to pull things back for a foul just outside the box.

"It was a definite penalty," said Gardner. "The whole stadium - their bench and everyone - was shocked that it wasn't given, but that's the way it goes in football and you just have to get on with it. These things happen but it was a shocking decision."

Two goals to the good with ten minutes to go, Gardner explained that he wasn't able to believe the turn of events and the late Latics comeback.

He said: "We were cruising and I never thought that we were in any danger of even conceding never mind going 3-2 down in the space of ten minutes. I still can't believe it to be honest.

"They didn't even look like they were really up for the game, let along win the game after they scored, but as soon as that happened we just started sitting back and they were playing balls in, rolling our players.

"Our defence has been class all season, you can't blame any of them, but now we need to stick together."

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