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Cook: "The Game Was Never Safe."

11 August 2013

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Chesterfield manager, Paul Cook was content with his side’s performance after their 2-0 victory over Cheltenham.

A goal in either half was good enough for the Spireites. Gary Roberts scored midway through the first half, and Eoin Doyle hit late on to secure all three points for Chesterfield.

In an interview with Spireites Player, the Liverpudlian admitted it was a relief to get the second goal, admitting the second half was far from comfortable.

He said: “You have to give great credit to Cheltenham. Mark’s teams are very strong and powerful, and they will always have players that create chances in the game. The game was never safe, and if we’re being truthful, in the second half you always felt as though Cheltenham were going to get the next goal. 

“A good thing for us though was that we got the second goal which was good because it took the life out of Cheltenham, and to have two wins on the bounce, we’re very pleased.”

Having picked up back-to-back league victories, the Spireites boss was full of praise for his players, having come through a tough encounter. 

“Great credit has to go to the players for how we’ve started the season. There is a lot of expectancy around the club and sometimes it’s difficult to manage that, but the players stood up to the test today against a strong Cheltenham team,” added Cook.

With four different scorers in the league, the goals are coming from all over the pitch. Something the manager is happy with, but admits it’s hard to keep everybody happy within the team.

“I struggle to keep everyone happy, but that’s management,” explained the 46-year-old. “People were worried where we would get goals from, but O’Shea’s missed a one-on-one, Tendayi’s missed one, and Marc’s had a header. I always feel as though we will create chances and score goals.”

After the game, Cook thanked the fans for their understanding, and while there is still a long way to go in the season, the club will keep working hard to claim the ultimate goal.

He said: “Our supporters now know that we’re going to play football, but I thought they were really patient with us today. It’s going to be a long season, we are going to have highs and lows, but we’ve all got the same target in mind. While we stick together and we keep working hard, then I think we’ll be okay. 

“Tonight, I think the players should take all credit, because they’ve given what everyone wanted and given the club six points out of six.”

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