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Cook: "It Was a Fair Result."

18 August 2013

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Chesterfield manager, Paul Cook, was pleased with the Spireites draw against Rochdale, which maintained their unbeaten start in the league.

Marc Richards opened the scoring, but two Rochdale penalties turned the game on its head with Scott Hogan giving Dale the lead in the second half. Gary Roberts struck for Chesterfield just after the hour mark to earn a battling point for the Spireites.

Speaking to Spireites Player, Cook said: “I thought it was a great game. It was two good teams, having a right good go. Both teams looked like they could score on the counter attack and I think a draw is a fair result in the end. I think both managers will settle for that.

“I did feel as soon as we scored, we’d settle into the game and we would go on and win it. I thought the first goal was important because I think Rochdale are a really good side. Nobody is going to come here and play them off the pitch.”

The Spireites boss praised his players for their start to the season, but still admits there is too long to go in the league campaign to get carried away. 

He added: “We know the lads have got quality. Sometimes when it’s not going your way in the game, you stick by your good players because you know they will come good. We’ve seen Gary and Jimmy long enough now to know the quality they’ve got.

“We’re very pleased, it’s a strong, solid start and we move on. It’s a very tough and unforgiving league, and you have to fight and scrap for everything you get. We’ll take a point here today and we’re pleased against a very good side.”

Chesterfield gave away two penalties in the first half, but the 46-year-old admitted the officials have a tough job to do. 

“I think we need to start moving these dugouts away from each other and let people breathe, some of the nonsense we speak from both sides is unfair. We all want every decision, but I suppose that’s always the case,” explained the Liverpulian.

Coming away from the draw, Cook highlighted the impact of the fans and thanked them for their support in the early stage of the season.

Cook said: “Our support today has been fantastic. They kick every ball as the players do, and I feel the club are going forward as one. Our lads left nothing on the pitch today and our fans go home accepting that, even though it wasn’t the right result.”

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