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Gaffer Asking For Patience

15 November 2012

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Chesterfield manager Paul Cook is urging supporters to be patient with his side as he continues to find his feet at the Proact Stadium.

Cook watched on as the Spireites missed a number of opportunities on goal against Bristol Rovers and were made to pay the ultimate price.

Saturday's opponents Oxford have experienced a similar start to the season as Chesterfield and they currently sit one place, and one point, above.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Cook said: "I think it's important that, although you try to be logical, when you get beat there's nothing positive. There's nothing positive about the journey home, the next few days training, there's nothing.

"You look and say 'oh we created a few chances' but that's what we are supposed to do. We never kept a clean sheet, we spoke about the importance of not giving teams a leg up and helping them after four minutes; we're one-nil down by a poor goal.

"It comes from our corner [Bristol's opening goal]. Most of Bristol Rovers' best attacks came from when we were in possession high up the pitch, it's a problem. It's not something you can just brush under the table, it's something we must come at, look at through DVDs and certainly work at on the training ground.

"I'm not asking them [fans] to be patient forever, I'm not sitting in front of people saying we've got a five year plan, the famous one, we're asking just be patient for a short period of time where we get to see everyone in the squad.

"We will get things wrong in the immediate, we're still learning about players at the club, we want to bring players in that compliment the players we have got."

Despite being disappointed with the club's current league position, the manager believes that the league table doesn't lie and would rather focus his attention on getting up the table rather than dwelling on where they currently stand.

He said: "We all look at the league table and you are where you are. I think that must be the first thing, you can't look at youselves in 17th and 18th and both think we shouldn't be where we are.

"We are there, both club's are there. Oxofrd have got some fantastic players, again, had a lot on injuries and it does affect clubs. We know first hand, it's affected us.

"We can't keep speaking about that as it's a failsafe that when they come back everything will be great. We don't like being 18th in the league and the only thing you can do about it is to start winning games quickly."

Watch the press conference in full only on Spireites Player.

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