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Cookie: 'We Let Everybody Down'

5 January 2013

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Chesterfield manager Paul Cook couldn't hide his disappointment following his side's third successive defeat on their travels, this time a 2-1 reversal at the hands of a resurgent Wycombe Wanderers

The Spireites made the trip to Buckinghamshire following a festive period that had seen them yield four points from as many games and off the back of a disappointing defeat against the 45-year-old's former employers Accrington Stanley on New Year's Day.

MK Dons loanee Jay O'Shea put the visitors in command just shy of the half-hour, rattling in a powerful drive via the aid of a deflection before almost unearthing the Jordan Archer's goal with a stunning 25-yard curler.

But The Chairboys hauled themselves level on the stroke of half-time thanks to Kortney Hause's leveller, before Jo Kuffour completed the turnaround with an audacious lob that left Tommy Lee stranded.

But in spite of dominating proceedings throughout the first half, the Liverpudlian never felt his side were in command at Adams Park.

"We weren't in control, we're losing games," Cookie said about his side's third successive defeat on the road.

"We lack hunger, desire and the fire in our belly. We got beat by a far hungrier team in the second half. Yes, we were strolling. We were going to go on and win the game but there is an undercurrent of softness at the club. It's going to change.

"There's a pattern to what we do. We concede goals, we're weak. It's there for everyone to see.

"Personnel will change, but I can't do it in a day. I can't come in and make everything right. We come away from home and we get beat and we let everybody down.

"Our travelling supporters are bored with excuses, how well we played or how unlucky we were. We're perpetual losers, we have a habit of it."

Cook revealed at The Crown Ground he was disappointed his side haven't kicked on from an impressive 2-0 win against high-flying Port Vale in Burslem at the start of December, but after asking for a reaction he witnessed his side surrender a one-goal lead.

The Liverpudlian is aware of what his side are capable of producing on their day, but is worried that they don't come around often enough.

"We can't live off the back of Port Vale forever," he added.

"We came away from home today, we started well and were well on top, got the goal and we should go on to dominate the game. But our record says we concede and when we do, we look like caving in and in the second half we did cave in.

"And when i'm looking for a leader or two, we don't really seem to have one."

"Our blend is not right, we've got some good players don't get me wrong. It's not all doom and gloom, but the likelihood is that we'll finish mid-table because we're good on our day but it doesn't happen very often because we have got a soft centre and if you put balls in our box we'll concede goals.

"I'm lucky I am manager of a fantastic club, we had great support again today. They get behind us, they want us to get over the line. They don't want to be going home on the bus saying, 'we were unlucky'.

"We're not, we're soft and we are weak."

Goalkeeper Tommy Lee agreed a three-and-a-half year deal at Whittington Moor during the week, while Hull City loanee completed a permanent switch to The Proact Stadium for an undisclosed fee on a two-and-a-half year deal after initially impressing on loan from The Tigers.

Brennan Dickenson made his last appearance on loan from Brighton, while Conor Townsend and Jay O'Shea's futures remain in the balance but with January only just on the horizon, Cookie hasn't ruled out further changes as he looks to get his side's play-off push back on track.

"You've got to earn the right to play for this club and there are a lot of contracts up at the end of the season, so you can see for yourself what will happen.

"Sometimes at a football club personnel must change. How quick we can change, that depends. Tonight will change a lot, but we haven't got a magic wand that can bring the right players in.

"I don't blame at our players. I look at the patterns, the results and what we do this year and they say that we concede goals and we're inconsistent. 

"I haven't been able to change it, I hoped I would. Whether it is John Sheridan, Tommy Wright or Paul Cook, the pattern is the same and it's the personnel in the dressing room.

"We want to get promotion and unfortunately at the minute, the ingredients aren't right."

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

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