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Wilson: "The commitment is encouraging"

7 August 2016

Down a goal at half time, Danny Wilson was contented as his side drew level and took a "well-deserved" point away from Oxford United to start the new campaign.

Wes Thomas made the most of a Ryan Fulton error in the first half, but Ched Evans' viscious low freekick secured a Spireites point and smiles to start the season.

Manager Wilson evaluated the efforts his side put in during the 90 minutes - saying that less than 100% commitment would have lead to defeat.

"We had to make sure we turned up today," he said. "We knew that if you come here and you're not committed, particularly with the last few months surrounding Oxford and the success they've had, it would be a very big test for us.

"The lads have come away with a point, a very well-desreved point. Could we have won it? Possibly with the chances in the game.

"In the first game of the season to have the commitment and a solid performance like we have, I think it's encouraging."

With Evans not having played competitively for four years, Wilson urged patience with the high expectation onĀ  the Spireites' new frontman.

"If you've not seen him before and when he was away from football you perhaps wouldn't know what he can do," he said.

"I'm looking at a couple of the chances he's had and I know that a match-fit Ched Evans will bury those - and he'll have those chances week-in week-out.

"We can't rush him, we've got to be patient. His all-round contribution was good today, he linked the ball well, he was strong against the two centre-backs and brought Jay O'Shea into the game."

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