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Wright hails Atkinson efforts

16 September 2012

Chesterfield caretaker manager Tommy Wright saluted new boy Chris Atkinson after the midfielder marked his debut with a goal in a 3-1 win over 10-man Wycombe at the Proact Stadium.

Atkinson celebrated his arrival on a one month loan from Huddersfield with an early strike after Leon Johnson was shown a red card for a 10th minute trip on Marc Richards.

"I thought Chris had a fantastic debut," Wright said. "I knew he would tire because first team games are different but he's a good player and I want to bring good players to the club.

"He's a box-to-box midfielder who passes the ball quickly and I knew he would do that and give our wide players a bit more time on the ball.

"I told the players after the game and at York last week that what makes the difference between good teams and average teams is seeing games out and not making silly mistakes."

Atkinson's 14th minute strike and Jack Lester's instinctive 20th minute header, when he turned in a Sam Togwell volley, put Chesterfield in charge.

Neal Trotman sliced a corner into his own net in the 73rd minute but Sam Hird headed in a free kick five minutes from time to seal Chesterfield's first League win of the season.

Wycombe boss Gary Waddock knew his team were up against it after Johnson was sent off although he had no complaints with referee Tim Robinson's decision.

"Johnno goes off in the 10th minute and they score in the 13th minute and it becomes an uphill task. But if it had been the other way round, you would expect the defender to be sent off.

"The players kept going but at the moment we are not getting the breaks. You have to be able to stand up to that and find out who the characters and winners are in the dressing room to come through this period."

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