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Liam Pleased To Get Off The Mark

17 November 2012

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On-loan Hull City defender Liam Cooper couldn't hide his delight at getting off the mark for the Spireites, after Chesterfield bravely fought back from behind to defeat a plucky Oxford United side 2-1 at the Proact Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Paul Cook's side had got themselves off to the worst possible start when John Mullins headed the Us in front after barely 60 seconds, but the 21-year-old pounced on the stroke of half-time after skipper Sam Hird had salvaged Brennan Dickinson's corner.

And the best was saved till right at the death, as fellow loanee Chris Atkinson struck the killer blow in the dying seconds to secure Cook's first three-point haul in charge.

"It's [the dressing room] buzzing. I think it's in our dressing room to cause an upset, whatever teams throw at us," Liam said at full-time.

"We're always going to stick together, we managed to do that today. Both goals were great times to score, I managed to put us back in the game and Atko's great finish at the end. It was well-deserved I think.

"I just said in the dressing room I was disappointed with the first, it was my man. But these things happen and if you let them get you down, they will hurt. Luckily I didn't let that happen to myself and I managed to cancel it out at the end of the first-half," he added.

"Brennan whipped it in and I thought the keeper had smothered it but Sam managed to pop it out and I just thought, 'get it on target'. Fortunately I did and it's gone in and there was a lot of frustration in me for the first goal, I think you could tell that from the celebration. It was good to get on the scoresheet.

"I gave it some! A few were saying it came off Scotty but i'm not having that!

Born in Kingston-Upon-Hull, Cooper joined Hull City at under-12 level before going on to make 11 appearances for the first team in 2008. He was loaned out to both Carlisle United and Huddersfield Town, but following a cruciate ligament injury to Jack Hobbs, the 21-year-old returned to the KC Stadium to form a partnership with James Chester in the Championship towards the end of last season.

He made his debut for the Spireites in the 6-1 thumping of Hartlepool United in the first round of the FA Cup, but limped off 13 minutes from time and missed the subsequent trips to Bradford and Bristol Rovers respectively. 

And Cooper was full of praise for the work Jamie Hewitt and the rest of the backroom team put in to help him return to the fray against the Us.

"The physio and backroom staff have been great with me, they have looked after me," he added. 

"I could have been a lot longer and i've managed to get through it. I can't thank them enough, it's good to be back and miss just two games rather than four or five.

"The lads have dug in for each other. It's all about results, if we keep playing how we have and show the spirit we did today then we'll be back up that table before you know it.

"I don't think there is a team in this league that worries us. Cheltenham will be organised and strong, but so are we and hopefully our class can come through again. We're playing the right way, passing the ball and hopefully we'll have enough to beat them."

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

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