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Wilson: "I hope this buoys the squad"

17 February 2016

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Spireites manager Danny Wilson reflected on his side's tenacity after they dug in to gather an almighty point against Colchester United.

After 17 minutes the visitors were reduced to ten men when skipper Gary Liddle was sent off, but despite the disadvantage maintained parity to the interval.

A more attacking Spireites side came out for the second period and though Macauley Bonne giving United the lead Chesterfield were soon back level through Lee Novak's penalty.

Wilson explained his pride in the performance: "We were given some really tough circumstances in which to play the game out in the early part of the game, but we've come through it very well.

"I thought the discipline was excellent and the work ethic from the boys was fantastic, in the second half in particular."

Reflecting on Liddle's straight red, Wilson didn't hold back in expressing his derision.

"I'm disgusted with the decision," he said. "It's a clean tackle, it's a hard tackle but he gets the ball cleanly and goes through the ball.

"What wrong with that nowadays? Can we not tackle nowadays? The referee is in a perfect position and his reactions so quickly were wrong and that affected the game greatly and gave them a great advantage."

With Crewe Alexandra to come at home on Saturday Wilson expects the performance to give his squad a boost.

"I hope this buoys the squad," he said. The way that we stuck together and embraced the pressure in the last few days has been superb.

"We've got to respond to the position that we're in and respond positively as we have this evening."

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