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Wilson: "The performances are up and down at the moment"

27 December 2016

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Chesterfield manager Danny Wilson was left frustrated by his team’s performance as the Spireites were beaten 3-0 away at Rochdale.

Two goals from Ian Henderson and one from Calvin Andrew were enough for the home side to take the points, and leave Wilson to lament his team’s inconsistencies.

“The fact that we have such a fantastic performance like last week and we get that today shows that some of the performances are up and down at the moment, it’s not ideal,” Wilson told Player HD.

“We know that Rochdale are a good side, they’re on a good run at the moment, we’d done our homework on them.

“But to give them the goals like we did, it’s just decision making, the decisions that we’re making are the wrong decisions and they’ve cost us a goal. The second one has cost us a goal, with a wrong decision, it’s a silly ball that is tried to be played and it cuts right through us. 

“The third goal is avoidable as well, we shouldn’t be making those decisions, we’ve got enough experience in the team to understand how to play conditions like today.”

Lloyd Allinson saved a Steven Davies penalty in the eighth minute, and the Spireites defence coped well despite being under pressure for much of the half, until Henderson broke the deadlock with a well taken goal a minute before the break. One that Wilson feels could have been avoided.

“It was a fantastic finish, let’s put that to bed,” he said. “But from our point of view we’ve thought it was going to be a cross but he actually meant it. He shouldn’t have been in that position.

“The way that we approached the defensive side of it in that particular instance he shouldn’t have been allowed. And that’s what’s costing us at the moment.”

After the interval the Spireites themselves had a chances to get back into the game before Andrew’s goal in the 59th minute. The best of which saw Ched Evans force a good save from Conrad Logan.

Wilson said: “The two halves were like chalk and cheese, in the first half we couldn’t get out of our half with the wind, and in the second half neither could they.

“Then we’ve got a great chance after half time to come and get something out of the game, and then we concede a silly second goal.

“We had enough pressure to create chances, but we didn’t create enough and work the ‘keeper enough with the pressure that we’ve had. It’s a reluctance at times, it’s people running into bodies at times, people not taking the easier option which is a pass rather, and its things like that which are costing us at both ends of the pitch.

“But I think when you have that amount of pressure like we did in the second half we’ve got to turn them into goals and we failed to do that.”

The Spireites will have the chance to bounce back from the defeat at Spotland, when they travel to Port Vale on Friday. And Wilson has challenged his players to produce the same level of performance that they did in the recent 1-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers.

He said: “Well we’re going to have to aren’t we?

“I’m hoping that the Chesterfield from the Bolton game turn up because they didn’t turn up today that’s for sure. So we have to go to Port Vale and get a result.”

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