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Cook: "We Were Second Best."

8 December 2013

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Chesterfield manager Paul Cook was disappointed with his side's performance as they crashed out of the FA Cup at the hands of League 2 rivals, Southend United.

After taking an early lead in Saturday afternoon's game, the Spireites conceded twice in quick succession and never returned after surrendering the lead.

Speaking after the game, Cook Said: “It’s so disappointing. First half we were second best to everything all over the pitch.

“Southend were better than us in the first half; they were off their front foot, they picked up every second ball, they looked brighter.

“We’re so disappointed to be out of the cup today but we must have some manners and wish them well. Southend deserved the result today in my opinion. They go into the third round and we wish them the best of luck.” 

Liam Cooper picked up a straight red card in Chesterfield's League 2 fixture against Newport County last weekend and was forced to miss out on the FA Cup tie causing a reshuffle of the Spireites starting line-up. 

Sam Hird dropped back to partner Ian Evatt at centre-half and Ollie Banks occupied the central midfield role next to Jimmy Ryan, a change that the manager felt took away from the team's forward progress.

“We wanted to have a goal threat, we wanted to score more goals. I do feel that Ollie Banks dropping back to the middle of the pitch caused us grief because the kid’s doing really well," said the Liverpudlian.

“We go from looking solid on the training ground to conceding six goals in two games when we haven’t conceded six goals in ten. Every other week seems to offer up a different problem. My job’s to make sure I get us back on track and that’s what I’ll be doing for sure.”

The manager highlighted how quickly fortunes in football can change and how a team can go from no defeats in eight games to two losses in two. He said: “The minute you think you’re doing well, you end up on your back foot. I really felt we’d win at Newport, I felt we’d got the balance of the team right and all of a sudden we’ve had two defeats in a week and we’re on the floor.

“You can feel sorry for yourself now and then, that can last an hour or two. There’s nothing wrong with that because you should suffer and hurt but we must pick ourselves up quick because we go to Oldham on Tuesday night."

Despite exiting the FA Cup in the second round, Chesterfield have the opportunity to progress to the area finals of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in the area semi-final tie against Oldham Athletic on Tuesday.

“Football’s very good because when you have a midweek game it can pick you up quick. It’s the JPT semi-final. The club’s been to Wembley in the last couple of years and I think that meant a lot to the supporters. If I could pick them up and get them to Wembley again then I think that would make up for today," said the 46-year-old. 

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

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