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Cookie Striving For Consistency

25 November 2012

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Chesterfield boss Paul Cook revealed his delight at another three points after his side made it three victories on the bounce following a hard-fought win against Plymouth Argyle in swashbuckling rain and swirling winds at Home Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Spireites made the long haul down to Devonshire following successive home wins - at the hands of Oxford Untied and high-flying Cheltenham Town respectively - and Marc Richards' second strike in as many games following his comeback from injury meant Town recorded nine points in just seven days.

Cook returns to Merseyside next week to face League One leaders Tranmere Rovers in the second round of the FA Cup and the Liverpudlian revealed it is consistency that he is striving for.

"Without a doubt. The harder you work, the luckier you get," he told the club's media staff following the narrow 1-0 win over struggling Argyle.

"I wouldn't say we were lucky to win it, but there wasn't a lot in the game. It wasn't a great performance, or a great spectacle by any stretch of the imagination. Our goal was probably one of the few bits of quality in the game.

"The pleasing thing at half-time was that we got in a 0-0, because we weren't playing well. We got put under a lot of pressure and I think a lot of teams in League Two have a problem putting together a string of performances," he added.

"In isolated performances, everyone seems to have played well. But to be able to put back-to-back performances together is always difficult. Today's conditions weren't great for football, but the pleasing thing is we've come away with a win.

"There's no lack of character in our dressing room, there's a great work ethic and team spirit."

Carl Fletcher's side had been in a disastrous run of form of late, having failed to win in their previous seven outings but Chesterfield's last trip here ended with a 7-0 demolition. 

There was to be no such repeat though and Argyle's desperate winless run was extended courtesy of the former Port Vale man's 66th minute strike after he had combined with second-half substitutes Luis Boa Morte and Jack Lester to calmly shape home the decisive goal.

But that solitary strike came against the run of play, as Tommy Lee's goal lived a charmed life in the opening period when a combination of poor finishing from the Pilgrims and some superb defending, from skipper Sam Hird in particular, kept the hosts at bay.

And the former Accrington manager was delighted his side made the arduous journey back to Derbyshire with the spoils wrapped up.

"Plymouth never lied down in any shape or form, they were a constant threat and they kept knocking at the door without ever cutting us open," said Cook.

"It was more a weight of pressure and we couldn't get our passing game going so we tried to make a positive substitution. 

"We went 4-4-2 to get Jack [Lester] alongside Rico [Marc Richards] and certainly for that little spell we started to get a bit more joy. As the game went on, obviously we brought [Craig] Clay on as he's proven as a defensive midfielder he can help see out games very well.

"So again, i'm very pleased. Everyone wants to win. Over a period of time we'll get judged and today is a great win."

Over 250 Chesterfield supporters made the trip to Home Park in tumultuous conditions, and Cook was quick to point out just how crucial they were. 

"I was really pleased, we had good support here today. 

"We realise that for those fans who travel, it's a long way home when you get beat. Our supporters must know we give our best and they were a credit to the club today, as were the players."

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

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