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Liam Keen To Repay Gaffer's Faith

7 January 2013

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New Chesterfield signing Liam Cooper has revealed his delight at agreeing a two-and-a-half year deal at Whittington Moor.

The 21-year-old completed his switch from Championship high-fliers Hull City for an undisclosed fee on Saturday and is determined to repay the faith shown in him by new manager Paul Cook.

Speaking after the disappointing 2-1 defeat against a resurgent Wycombe Wanderers, Liam said: "I'm delighted to be a Chesterfield player now."

"It was overlooked by the disappointment of today really.

"The club has got great ambition. They are a League One club in my eyes, but we have got a lot of hard work to get there.

"It was hard [to leave Hull], but at my age I just want to be playing games and I wasn't in their plans. It was disappointing because I didn't get my chance there, but Chesterfield are willing to give me a chance."

In spite of a brief period of 11 appearances for the Tigers, Cooper has found chances limited at the KC Stadium under the likes of Nigel Pearson, Nick Barmby and Steve Bruce but has looked immediately at home since moving to the Proact Stadium earlier this season.

Following loan stints at both Carlisle United and Huddersfield Town, Cooper has managed to score twice for The Spireites and has effortlessly slotted in alongside captain Sam Hird to become a permanent fixture in a settled back four which also contains Jamaican international Nathan Smith and Drew Talbot.

But the former Scotland under 19 international was keen to express his delight that goalkeeper Tommy Lee has also extended his stay in Derbyshire.

"He's a big asset for us, Tommy. He bails us out and he is a great guy as well," he added.

"But as a team we have got to get back to the first few games when I was here. I don't know what's going wrong.

"We've just got to pick ourselves up, find that form we know we have got and reach the standard we know we are capable of playing. Hopefully we'll get there.

"I think it is just down to each individual, we have got to come together as a group.

"We will do that, but we have got to get some points on the board and get back to winning ways."

Cooper was speaking after Cook's side suffered their third successive defeat on the road and back-to-back defeats to kick off 2013.

The 45-year-old endured a miserable return to his former club, as Romy Boco gave Accrington Stanley a scarcely deserved 1-0 win at the Crown Ground on New Year's Day before a 2-1 reversal against Wycombe Wanderers.

Jay O'Shea gave the visitors the lead at Adams Park, thumping home his second goal following his loan move from MK Dons before Kortney Hause bundled home an equaliser for Wycombe on the stroke of half-time.

The Chairboys have been in great form since player/manager Gareth Ainsworth took control in September and they snatched all three points courtesy of Jo Kuffour's audacious lob - remarkably his first goal of the season.

"When we get the first goal we usually go on to win, that's been the story since I have been here," said Coops.

"But as it happened, I think Luis has been fouled [for Wycombe's first goal] but that happens and you just have to get on with it.

"We're disappointed to concede from a set-piece, but we didn't take our chances.

"It was a scramble, it hit a few legs. Tommy [Lee] has been blocked by other players, everyone was in his way and it has gone over the line and unfortunately for us it was goal for them.

"If you're playing well and work hard enough, you earn the luck. It's not with us at the moment, but we need to turn it around and get some points on the board. The players know that, the staff know that and I'm sure the fans do too.

"Northampton are going to come and they will be big and strong and we have got to deal with that. I think we'll be up to the task, hopefully the fans will come in their numbers again and get behind us."

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

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