Spireites boss Paul Cook remained upbeat despite not picking up all three points in Chesterfield's 1-1 draw with ten-man Hartlepool on Boxing Day.
Tendayi Darikwa opened the scoring for the Spireites in the first half but they were instantly pegged back after half time as Sam Hird was adjudged to have fouled James Poole in the area. Matty Dolan stepped up and slotted the penalty past Tommy Lee, who guessed the right way but unfortunately couldn’t keep the effort out.
Andy Monkhouse was dismissed midway through the second half for two bookable offences and Lee had to be alert late on as Luke James’ goal-bound effort was spectacularly saved to preserve a point.
Speaking to Spireites Player, the manager said: “It was a good game. I said in the pre-match press conference how bright Hartlepool are and they cause every team they play problems. I knew it would be a difficult game today but great credit has to go to Hartlepool.
“We weren’t at our best today, there is no hiding from that, but we’ve got a point. It’s now another game unbeaten and that breeds confidence.
"There is an expectancy at this club that we all try and stand up to. We had a fantastic crowd in today and credit has to go to the people of Chesterfield and the support they gave the team.”
With only seconds of the game remaining, Lee prevented a Pools winner after superbly saving James’ effort and the gaffer had positive words to say about the Spireites stopper.
“I was right behind the effort and I thought it was in the minute he hit it. Fair play to Tommy, it was an incredible save,” added the 46-year-old. “What we all know is that Tommy is an incredible goalkeeper."
With the game with Dagenham only three days away, the Liverpudlian revealed Sam Morsy had suffered a setback in his recovery but is hoping a few injured players will return in the coming week.
“The likelihood is with [Jimmy] Ryan, [Sam] Morsy, they are going to be back in the next week or so. It might be a case of digging in a bit more for Dagenham.
"In games like today, we seemed to lack that bit of quality and magic to open teams up with. When you have Gary Roberts and Ryan on the bench, that’s akin to what will happen.
“The lads have done great since the defeat to Southend in the FA Cup. Great credit has to go to them all and I thought Sam Togwell again put a good performance in. Tactically I just wanted to get more men forward after the sending off but today, we’re disappointed, but we know they have worked very hard.”
To watch the full post match interview, log on to Spireites Player.