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Wilson: "I can't praise the performance highly enough"

10 January 2016

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After a wonderful 3-2 win at Rochdale, Spireites boss Danny Wilson was overjoyed with the performance from his rising side.

Jay O'Shea got the visiting fans' party started with an attractive first-half goal, and after being pegged back efforts from strike pair Lee Novak and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake ensured Rhys Bennett's late header was merely a conolation.

Manager Wilson was delighted with the performance of his player, helping secure a win to make it seven points from nine in his first three matches.

"This was going to be our biggest test," he commented. "They're a good team at home and you can see why in the latter stages of the game when they put us under a lot of pressure. 

"I can't praise the performance highly enough, coming here and playing the way we did with the amount of chances that we've had - with goals disallowed and the sending off and the general way that we played the game was fantastic.

"I can't believe that anybody who saw the game as an independant wouldn't say that we deserved to win the game."

In a game of polarising officiating, flying winger Gboly Ariyibi had his best display to date in a Chesterfield shirt, terrorising Rochdale into changing their left-back after 30 minutes, having a hand in the opener as well as scoring one himself that was ruled out, before recieving the second of two harsh yellow cards for simulaion late on.

Wilson commended the USA under-20 international and bemoaned the refereeing decision to end his afternoon early.

"He was unplayable," said Wilson. "You couldn't defend against him. Anyone in that position defending against him would have found it very difficult, he was really on fire.

"The first tackle outside the box was an absoute stonewall freekick, and if the referee watches it again he'll say he got it wrong - but he didn't just get it wrong, he got the second one wrong as well.

"What can we do? We can't appeal against two yellow cards unfortunately, I wish we could.

"Maybe it's a learning curve from Gboly's point of view, but when decisions like this are given they have to be explained, some of the decisions today were very poor."

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