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Cook: "It Wasn't Pretty."

15 December 2013

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Chesterfield manager Paul Cook was delighted with his side’s 2-0 victory over Plymouth Argyle despite a number of changes to the starting line up.

Matty Brown opened the scoring before Marc Richards tucked away a penalty to give the Spireites victory. Tommy Lee saved a Reuben Reid penalty mid way through the second half to preserve another clean sheet and the manager hailed the goalkeeper. 

He said: “I don’t really heap praise on players that I expect it from. That’s the biggest plaudit I can give to Tommy Lee. Today he has made two or three massive saves in a game that we’ve ended up winning 2-0. The score line gets remembered but the saves aren’t but they do by me and the players.”

Speaking about the performance, the gaffer was pleased to get the victory in front of the home supporters which puts them in a strong position going into a busy run of games in December.

“I thought the players were a credit to the club today. That was a big win because it put us in a strong position going into the Christmas period. It was always going to be a difficult game due to the conditions,” commented the 46-year-old.

“It was never going to be pretty and conducive to great football. We picked a team that wasn’t going to be fantastic on the eye but they had great work ethic, commitment and desire that we thought would get us the result.”

Due to injuries, the Liverpudlian was forced into naming an unusual starting line up but thought the players who came in reacted well.

“It was great for Matty to come in. Sam Togwell and Matty gave us everything today. That’s pleasing as a manager because I don’t always get team selections right but I’m honest to all the players.

“They are all in the picture of what is going on and they don’t get treated badly at our club. When you see Sam’s performance today, he gave me a big performance and I needed it, which I appreciate,” added the manager.

To watch the full post match interview, log on to Spireites Player.

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