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Ridehalgh Hoping For Cook Link Up

27 October 2012

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On-loan Huddersfield left-back Liam Ridehalgh insists he and his team-mates are looking forward to linking up with former Accrington gaffer Paul Cook, despite the Spireites losing his first game in charge.

Mark Byrne gleefully steered home a last gasp minute penalty for Barnet after Drew Talbot upended Andy Yiadom in the box, as Chesterfield's winless run at the Proact Stadium extended to four games.

But the young Terrier, whose loan deal expired after the game with Plymouth Argyle at the end of November, thinks the new manager can have an immediate impact.

"He is very positive," Ridehalgh told the media team at full-time.

"He came in yesterday, everyone was buzzing because they wanted to impress the manager in training. I thought it was a good performance today, we just need to try and score goals but he's always positive and trying to encourage you, so i'm looking forward to working with him.

"Obviously today is disappointing. They got the penalty and took their chance. We were the better side today, we created lots of chances but didn't put them away. 

"They tried on the counter attack a couple of times, but we were always in the game. We should have pushed on and won, but we didn't take our chances and they've nicked one at the end.

"You want to go in at half time on winning terms, but it wasn't to be. We tried to go out in the second half and win the game but it happens in football and we need to look to the next game and try and win it."

It was the second time in as many outings that Chesterfield have suffered late heartbreak, after Chris Atkinson's own goal gave high-flying Fleetwood all three points on Tuesday evening.

Ridehalgh has featured alongside Atkinson in the Terriers' youth development teams at the John Smith's Stadium and after he scored decisive goals away at Aldershot and Exeter, believes his Huddersfield team-mate can continue to have a positive impact on the Spireites.

"He's a top player, is Chris. He needed to go out and get some games and he's come here I think he's been one of our best players to be honest with you. 

"He's scored some vital goals and he needs to keep on going. He'll do well for Chesterfield."

Nathan Smith returned at St James Park following an ankle injury, but has been employed on the left-side of midfield since his comeback. The Jamaica international featured for the best part of an hour against the Bees, but may deputise against Hartlepool in next Saturday's FA Cup first round tie as Ridehalgh is likely to be unavailable.

"Nathan's a brilliant player and he will be competing for the left-back spot, like me. But I'm ready for the challenge and I believe if I can keep performing I'll keep hold of my shirt.

"It's a different kind of game, the FA Cup. It's a one-off match, you've got to win it.

Obviously it's a big competition but i'm not sure if i can play in that one. If i can't play, i'll be supporting the boys as if I was playing."

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

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