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Wilson: "Hopefully now it's onwards and upwards"

6 November 2016

Spireites manager Danny Wilson was as relieved as he was delighted after seeing his side snapp their losing run with a 2-1 FA Cup first round win at Colchester United.

Jay O'Shea got the Spirietes up and running at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, and after conceding an equaliser from Tarique Fosu moments into the second half, Ched Evans scored his first goal since August to send the visitors through to Monday's second round draw.

Wilson shared his thoughts with PlayerHD after the tie: "It's been a long time coming, hasn't it? I don't think it was a classic game by any stretch of the imagination but really that was not what I was bothered about.

"We've had some very good performances in recent weeks and not won but today it was a scrappy game, maybe a typical FA Cup tie where we had to defend in numbers, and overall I was delighted with the win.

"The difference was with taking the chances. We've had a couple aside of the goals as well but we've taken a couple of half chances if you like. Hopefully now it's onwards and upwards."

Wilson felt that even prior to O'Shea's opener his side had been knocking on the door in attack, and stressed the importance of his side getting the first goal in the game.

"It was a good finish as well," the manager said of the Dubliner's strike. "We'd had a couple of promising moves before that where we may have got in the back of them but maybe didn't do enough to score.

"We were relieved to get our noses in front and it's a different game when you do that. As you saw, we conceded very early in the second half - again a poor ball from our point of view - but thankfully we got back into the game as quickly as we could."

The Spireites now head into the draw for the FA Cup second round, which can be seen on BBC Two and BT Sport on Monday from 7pm, Chesterfield will be ball number 34.

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