DANNY WON’T DISH OUT BLAME

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Michael Beard­more

CH­ESTER­FIELD boss Danny Wil­son leapt to the de­fence of his de­fend­ers de­spite see­ing three mo­ments of mad­ness.

Cen­tre-half Tom An­der­son gifted pro­mo­tion-chas­ing Wal­sall two goals, while Dion Dono­hue saw red for clash­ing with cel­e­brat­ing Sad­dlers play­ers af­ter Sam Man­tom fired the vis­i­tors 2-1 up.

But Wil­son blasted the send­ing-off, say­ing: “The ref­eree said he saw a punch be­ing thrown but Dion cat­e­gor­i­cally de­nies that.

“Noth­ing was done to their boy, who started off the melee in the first place by jump­ing in to one of our play­ers to cel­e­brate, which I thought was a bit crass.

“Our player was sent off and their player only got booked which I find dif­fi­cult to fathom.”

An­der­son, mean­while, was the cul­prit for Wal­sall’s first and third goals, slic­ing home a hor­ren­dous own goal and later gift-wrap­ping one for Jordy Hi­wula with a poor mis-con­trol.

But Wil­son said: “The pass that Tom was given was a very, very poor pass. He’s on his own and he’s got a striker breath­ing down his throat and the ball should not have been played to him.

“The first goal, the own goal, he’s go­ing to have a few of them in his ca­reer, there’s no doubt about it – the ball came at him at pace and it’s caught him flat-footed but I’m not go­ing to cas­ti­gate him.”

Wal­sall re­vived their au­to­matic pro­mo­tion push with the win as they ended a win­less run of six games that cost boss Sean O’Driscoll his job. Physio Jon Whit­ney is now in­terim boss and ad­mits he fan­cies fol­low­ing the route Nigel Ad­kins fa­mously took into man­age­ment.

Whit­ney said:“I don’t see my­self as be­ing a physio, I see my­self as a per­for­mance coach. “I wasn’t ac­tively look­ing for this op­por­tu­nity but it’s ar­rived and I think I’ve got the at­tributes to do it.

“I’m hard work­ing, I don’t let neg­a­tives get me down, I don’t get car­ried away when we win or we lose, I keep to an emo­tional base­line which I try to in­stil into my play­ers.

“If we can do that, then we can cope with go­ing 1-0 down away from home and come back, and that puts us in a good po­si­tion at the end of the sea­son.

“You can’t guar­an­tee wins but what you’ve got to do is give your all and leave ev­ery­thing out on that on the pitch. The play­ers did that to­day and got their just re­wards.”

Ch­ester­field’s Lee No­vak was de­nied at point-blank range by Wal­sall keeper Neil Etheridge, who could only look on in hor­ror soon af­ter as James O’Con­nor’s headed own goal put the hosts ahead.

But An­der­son sliced a Man­tom cross into his own net un­der no pres­sure to bring Wal­sall level on 35 min­utes.

And the game was de­cided on 57 min­utes as Man­tom fired home from 20 yards and Dono­hue saw a red card in the fra­cas that fol­lowed.

Ch­ester­field col­lapsed and An­der­son’s er­ror gifted the third to Hi­wula, whose lovely flick set Man­tom free to tuck home the fourth.

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