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Cook Is Breeding Confidence

4 November 2012

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Chesterfield midfielder Mark Randall insists new manager Paul Cook is breeding confidence amongst the Spireites players after they reached round two of the FA Cup for the first time since 2008 following a scintillating 6-1 win against League One strugglers Hartlepool United.

The former Arsenal schoolboy was imperious throughout the contest - scoring one and setting up two - and he has been impressed with the former Accrington Stanley manager after his first week at the helm.

"I think we needed it," he said about Saturday's result.

"It's about time we battered a team like that at home. I feel like we've been under a bit of pressure lately, but we proved today to the fans and the manager that we can do it.

"I think it was good the way we came out. The manager gives us so much confidence, he just lets us play. If you give the ball away, he just tells you to get your head up and get on with the game.

"I thought we played very well, but it's gone now. We've got a game on Tuesday, Bradford in the league, and hopefully we can repeat the performance."

Randall has struggled to assert himself on the first-team the season, limited largely to appearances from the bench but he certainly gave the new manager food for thought ahead of Tuesday's trip to Valley Parade after opening his account for the campaign.

He gleefully steered home Drew Talbot's cut-back to double the home side's lead after Scott Boden's chip, before turning provider for Craig Clay and later, Jack Lester.

"Drew came in from wide, I didn't even move. I just stood there, no-one was marking me and I just passed it in," he added about his goal.

"It was a great ball from Danny and a lovely little dink from Scotty. 

"I think that is what he needed, he has been running low on confidence but the new gaffer gives everyone a bit more confidence. As you can see tonight, everyone was confident and wanted the ball.

"I didn't even realise until afterwards that we had six different scorers. But that's good, everyone is putting their bit in and scoring or setting up goals.

"I'm 100 per cent fit, I just need to get my head down and hopefully keep my place in the team."

You can see Mark's interview in full exclusively on Spireites Player

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