CHESTERFIELD assistant manager Tommy Wright was left ruing mental lapses on the 2-2 home draw with promotion chasing Port Vale on Easter Monday - a result which saw them wedged just above half way in the League Two table.
He said: “We switched off early on but I thought our response in the first half was magnificent. We got the ball down; we passed it and even forced Port Vale into changing their system. I thought Jay O’Shea was terrific in the first half.”
On Vale’s late concession, he added: “We are a bit disappointed with the last goal. We felt we should have dealt with that better but when you have a goal-scorer that has 30 goals (Tom Pope), you need to be tight on him.
“He’s got a free header and scored but I think it’s a bit harsh on the lads because the two performances this weekend against the two promotion sides have been first class.”
Ex Vale man Marc Richards enjoyed his finest hour with Chesterfield, bagging a brace, but he limped off with an ankle injury near the end, as had Liam Cooper a little earlier.
Wright commented: “He’s scored two good goals. Marc’s not scored as many goals as he would have liked but there’s no doubting that he is a top striker.”
“With Liam, we don’t think it’s as bad as we first feared, it’s more of a kick than a twist. He’s got a bit of a gash on his ankle so we’re quite hopeful with that. Marc is a bit more of a twist so it will take longer to assess.”
Chesterfield travel to relegation-threatened Barnet this Saturday, still hoping five wins from five games may be enough for the play-offs.