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Wilson: "We can't lose that belief"

30 October 2016

Danny Wilson wanted his team to take heart after they conceded late to former hero Lee Novak as the lost 1-0 again at Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

The defeat is the Spireites' fifth in a row in the league, with four of the games ending in the same 1-0 scoreline, but the manager saw enough signs for encouragement at the Valley.

"The lads can't do a great deal more than they did today," he said. "I thought they absolutely worked their tails off, they've had the odd opportunity, Charlton have had the odd opportunity but there's nothing in the game and we should come away with something again.

"It's just one ball that's come into the box and it shouldn't have gone in there, we've got two players out in the wide areas who allowed the ball to come in and Lee's got in front of one of the defenders.

"It doesn't seem to be going for us at this moment in time but we can't lose that belief. If the boys perform like they've done there in future games we'll be fine."

After a week of tough training in the build-up, Wilson debuted a back three and was pleased with the defensive results, including from captain Gary Liddle, sliding back into a rearguard role.

"The back three that we put together was excellent at times," the manager commented. "I thought they were defensively very solid and we didn't really have a problem throughout the game. We allowed them no space to go through us and that was the game plan.

"Gary Liddle was excellent, I know he can play there as a centre-back in a to or a three. He's very versatile is Gary and I thought the back three as a trio played very well today."

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