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Cook: 'We'll Get Stronger Together'

27 October 2012

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New Chesterfield boss Paul Cook witnessed his side suffer their third successive home defeat at the hands of Edgar Davids' rock-bottom Barnet, as Mark Byrne gleefully steered home an 88th minute penalty after Drew Talbot upended Andy Yiadom.

The Spireites had dominated proceedings against a rather unadventurous Bees side, but were punished in the dying seconds for the second game on the spin after failing to capitalise on their first-half dominance.

And Cook, speaking to the club's media team for the first time since being unveiled as Chesterfield manager yesterday, revealed his thoughts after getting off to the worst possible start.

"Sometimes football has got that way of doing that to people," he said.

"That is the second goal in three or four days that we have conceded late on. It's all well and good saying, 'if only', 'if only' means we have got beat. Every credit to Barnet for coming here and winning today, but we're a big club in this division and with that, you have got an expectancy on you.

"We're going to go away and work hard on the training ground to put things right. It's easy to criticise players and personnel, but that is something I will never do as a manager.

"I'll get my points across in the dressing room and going forward, we'll get stronger together."

Chesterfield are now without a win at The Proact Stadium since they edged Cook's Accrington Stanley 4-3 back in September and the Spireites find themselves six points adrift of the League Two play-off places.

Danny Whitaker, Sam Togwell and Jack Lester all came closest to snatching the spoils for the hosts on a chilly afternoon in Derbyshire, but found former Arsenal goalkeeper in inspired form for the division's basement boys and the Liverpudlian couldn't hid his disappointment following the defeat.

"I didn't see anything I liked, getting beat 1-0. I told the players that," he added. 

"Your life must change when you lose, it's not good. If it doesn't hurt you then there's something wrong. What we must do is work hard, get results and get it right. You must show a tempo in the game to give the supporters something to jump on but unfortunately today, the longer the game went on, the less we gave them.

"At half time, I genuinely thought we'd go on and win the game. Barnet got numbers behind the ball, defended on the edge of the box and you must have a tempo about you then. 

"You must be inventive in wide areas, get the ball wide quick and you must put quality in the box and it is something we never did. As I said, we'll analyse the game and take away from it what we need to work on and we'll work on it all week.

The former Stanley boss will now have a full week to work with the players ahead of the visit of Hartlepool United in the first round of the FA Cup and he urged fans to remain patient ahead of the visit of the Monkey Hangers.

"It's not going to get better in a day or two, there's a process in getting better. But what I will say to supporters is stick behind them. Stick behind the team we select and the progress that we try and make, that's all I ask.

"There's no feeling in football like winning. It's a feeling you can't buy and if you don't like that feeling there is something seriously wrong with you. We have to have a mentality at this club that second best is not good enough."

You can watch Paul's first post-match interview exclusively on Spireites Player

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