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Wilson: "We've put Saturday to bed now"

7 December 2016

Spireites manager Danny Wilson shared his thoughts as his side pushed their FA Cup disappointment aside with a clinical Checkatrade Trophy win at Rochdale on Tuesday.

Laurence Maguire opened his professional goalscoring account with a first-half header, and after Jimmy McNulty saw red Ched Evans added a visiting second.

The action was far from over, however, as Spireites defender Tom Anderson also saw red as the two sides both ended with ten men.

The win sees the Spireites through to the Checkatrade Trophy third round, with the draw set to take place on Sky Sports News at 11:30am this Thursday.

"We reacted well, we had a good performance, a solid performance" said Wilson of the win. "It wasn't easy at times as we always say when we come here, we knew what to expect and it didn't disappoint us.

"It came down to us grabbing two of the opportuites that came our way, which was fantastic. I do feel overall that it was a very tough game but an entertaining game with both teams very committed and going for the win.

"It was the fact that we've put Saturday to bed now. You have to move on and as professionals you have to look at your next game and try and get something from it because we felt last week we didn't do ourselves any justice at all."

Anderson's straight red card was a major talking point, and Wilson was left bemused by a decision which could have proved costly for his side with Dale pushing for a comeback with both sides down a man in the closing stages.

"I didn't actually see the first incident (for McNulty's dismissal) so I go from the referee's word, the one that disappointed me was Tom's. The refereee was four yards off an incident just before he gets sent off where one of their player goes over the top of him.

"The referee didn't give anything and Tom actually shows the referee what the boy had done to him, the boy went down and Tom got sent off for it.

"I really can't understand it. There were lots of incidents that could have been avoided and the referee lost control of things at times. You have to put your hand up and say you had a bad game sometimes."

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