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Wilson: "The way we started off was like a testimonial game"

5 October 2016

After seeing his side lose 4-1 to Accrington Stanley in the Checkatrade Trophy, Spireites manager Danny Wilson was upset with his side's approach.

Three first-half strikes from Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Terry Gornell and Jordan Clark gave Stanley a commanding lead, and while Kristian Dennis put the hosts on the scoresheet, Gornell's second confirmed the loss.

"I think our defensive performance was very poor," Wilson told PlayerHD after the game. "The tempo in the game and the way we started off was like a testimonial game. Full credit to them, they took advantage of it.

"From us it's about doing our defensive work and closing balls down, and we didn't do that.

"We didn't do enough in the game anyway, we were slow with our deliberation on whether to pass or not, we didn't get any tempo on the ball - and we paid the price for it.

"Before you can start with talent and ability and technique first and foremost you've got to do the legwork and put the work ethic in to be able to allow yourself to dominate.

Wilson gave 16-year-old youth team right-back Ify Ofoegbu a first start, and, along with 17-year-old striker Ricky German, the manager was pleased with the way the two youngsters performed.

"The only thing that lacked in him was having the experience of knowing where to go and when to go, but you can't fault his work-rate or determination, his attitude was excellent," said Wilson.

"In that respect we've had a lad there who's done very well, Ricky did well as well. He gave us some tempo, which we had lacked completely in the first half.

"In those two there is a little bit of a positive in that area."

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