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Character Pleases Cook

6 April 2013

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Manager Paul Cook was delighted that his side claimed all three points despite not playing to their maximum.

Goals from Jay O'Shea and Sam Togwell were enough to see off a determined Barnet side on Saturday afternoon.

The game was very even on the balance of play and Chesterfield's defence had to be at their best to keep out the home side.

After the game Paul Cook revealed a disappointment with the overall performance, particularly in the first half, but was pleased that they managed to grind out a win.

Speaking to Spireites Player, he said: “I think you’ve always got to try and be fair about the game and an assessment of the game, we never played well today.

“First half was probably as poor as I’ve seen us play in a long time. I said at half time, it looked more like an end of season game where we had nothing to play for. You can imagine, the paint come off the wall. 

“We don’t mind saying that. Now and again we all need liveners and I said to our lads at half time, if we want to season to end, go out and do that. Go and play like that in the second half.

“Second half we improved, we scored a couple of good goals and in general we played a lot better.”

It was that character to carve out a victory when the team is not performing to their best that pleased the Spireites boss.

Cook added: “Today the pleasing thing was that we dug in. When you get [Jay] O’Shea in the last third of the pitch and you get him the ball, the lad can create and score goals. He’s got that quality.

“His [O’Shea’s] goal is a bit of magic and from then you see the confidence go into the team and then I though we finished the game quite well. I thought we played well from there.” 

Watch the full interview on Spireites Player.

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