Wright: It is a marathon, not a sprint

Chesterfield v Rotherham United 'Chesterfield's Assistant Manager Tommy Wright

Chesterfield v Rotherham United 'Chesterfield's Assistant Manager Tommy Wright

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Tommy Wright thought Chesterfield FC’s 1-1 draw with Rotherham United was a fair result.

The Spireites assistant boss said: “It was a typical derby with lots of skirmishes. We should have won, we created lots of chances.

Chesterfield v Rotherham United 'Chesterfield's Jordan Bowery takes control

Chesterfield v Rotherham United 'Chesterfield's Jordan Bowery takes control

“Rotherham are a good side and they made one or two chances.

“But Tommy Lee made two great saves and Jordan Bowery started to stretch them.’’

Chesterfield took the lead in the third minute through Bowery and Wright believes the goal will lift his resolve.

He said: “All strikers need to score because it boosts their confidence.’’

Chesterfield V Rotherham United 'Chesterfield's Jordan Bowery scores

Chesterfield V Rotherham United 'Chesterfield's Jordan Bowery scores

And he thought team captain Sam Hird had a part to play in Rotherham’s leveller, scored in the 50th minute by Kayode Odejayi.

Wright said: “Sam got too tight and once Odejayi got in his stride he took it well.’’

Liam Ridehalgh, who has joined the Spireites for a month on loan from Huddersfield, replaced Danny Whitaker with 11 minutes remaining.

The 21-year-old spent the second half of last season with the Blues, making 20 appearances, and will give manager John Sheridan an extra option.

Wright said: “Nathan Smith is the only left-footer at the club. Liam was keen to come back and we were keen to have him. He came on towards the end and it was a good substitution.’’

Absent from the squad was Craig Westcarr not because of injury but due to a family bereavement.

Wright acknowledged that a haul of just two points from the first three Division Two games was not the ideal start to the season.

He said: “You want a good start but it is a long season. The best teams are usually up there at the end and we will be there.

“But it is not a sprint. It is a marathon and there is a long way to go.’’