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Cook Praises Work Ethic

7 November 2012

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Chesterfield boss Paul Cook hailed his side's work ethic following another hard fought point on the road against high-flying Bradford City. The Spireites made it three successive league games without conceding a goal away from home at Valley Parade, following 1-0 wins against Aldershot Town and Exeter City respectively.

Chances remained at a premium on a chilly November evening in Yorkshire, but the Liverpudlian was pleased his side managed to grind out another point.

"I was pleased with the work ethic," Cook told the club's media team after the full-time whistle.

"I said that to the players after the game. We give the players snippets before the game and tonight's was, 'good teams always turn up.' It doesn't mean you play well, get three points and play flowing football, but we turned up tonight.

"We had a good work ethic about us, the subs came on and saw the game out for us. It wasn't a night for our flair players,they couldn't get in the game. They were terrific on Saturday, but we won't beat ourselves up. It's about coming back stronger and better and that's what we'll do."

Chesterfield cruised into the second round of the FA Cup with a scintillating 6-1 victory against League One strugglers Hartlepool United on Saturday, while the Bantams themselves booked a place in the quarter-final of the Capital One Cup after a thrilling penalty shootout victory against Premier League Wigan Athletic.

But neither side could replicate their cup heroics and while the former Accrington boss is renowned for his attacking style of play, he insists it will take time to implement his ethos at the Proact.

"Defensively we were strong," he added.

"People who know me know that I want to play open, attractive football. It's very new to the players at the minute, we can't train as much as we'd like because of the schedule of games. 

"I asked the players to make sure the fans clap us off, that's important. Fans need to see a work ethic from players and they will put up with results. We worked very, very hard and we got applauded off so that pleases me as a manager."

The Spireites travel to Bristol Rovers on Saturday and if his side can show a little more in the way of an attacking threat, Cook is confident they can take all three points at the Memorial Stadium.

"I thought Clay and Togwell in the middle of the park were magnificent. 

"They're a terrific engine room, they should really be the catalyst of what we try and do going forward. They're a supply to the lads, as I said Danny [Whitaker] and Rands never really got into the game.

"That's not a criticism, you can't always play well and Saturday they were magnificent. We go away and prepare for Bristol Rovers and hopefully going forward we can add a bit more and if we're defensively sound we'll be fine."

You can catch Paul Cook's interview in full exclusively on Spireites Player

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