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Coops: 'We'll Pick Ourselves Up'

17 February 2013

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Chesterfield defender Liam Cooper has urged his team-mates to pick themselves up from a disappointing derby defeat against Rotherham and put it right against high-flying Gillingham next week.

The Spireites struggled to impose themselves on Steve Evans' side at New York Stadium on Saturday afternoon and suffered a flattering 1-0 defeat courtesy of Millers' skipper Johnny Mullins' 58th minute header.

Former Manchester United striker Daniel Nardiello thumped the upright as early as the third minute before sending a free header over the bar, while strike-partner Alex Revell missed a gilt-edged one-on-one with Tommy Lee immediately after the restart.

But with chances going begging, Mullins slammed home from a dead ball 13 minutes into the second half meaning Paul Cook's side now find themselves eight points adrift of the League Two play-off places.

"We weren't at it for the first 20 minutes, half an hour and then I think the first 10, 15 minutes of the second half," Coops told Spireites Player after the game.

"We've picked up on that and it won't be happening again this season. It was reminiscent of Plymouth away earlier this season. 

"We blocked shots, defended for our lives and you think it'll be our day but it wasn't to be and it was a rubbish result.

"We know from our point of view it's a sloppy goal to concede. If that didn't go in, apart from the first-half they never really created much.

"I think we're our own worst nightmare sometimes. I think we have got to start getting into the right habits and progressing to the end of the season now."

Martin Allen's League Two leaders are the next to visit Whittington Moor, with the Spireites having won just three of their last 11 after a run of four successive wins prior to Christmas that saw them surge towards the top seven.

The two sides shared a 1-1 draw at Priestfield under the tutelage of assistant manager Tommy Wright earlier this season and Cooper, a permanent acquisition from Championship club Hull City in January, is hoping they can put the latest setback behind them.

"Obviously we had a couple of chances at the end," he added.

"We've had one disallowed at the end and the lads were saying they didn't know if Armand [Gnanduillet] was offside. All the lads are disappointed, it was another bad day but we have got to pick ourselves up and try and get on that run that we need.

"The lads are down. It's hard to come away from a local derby and get beat 1-0. We have conceded a sloppy goal, the lads are down and rightly so. We'll be back in tomorrow, we'll pick ourselves up and prepare for next week.

"We can't keep doing this every week, looking back and saying what if. We've got to go out there and do it, it's down to us. It is a hard time, but we have got to pick ourselves up and look forward to the next one.

You can watch Liam's interview in full exclusively on Spireites Player

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