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Cook Pleased With Attacking Threat

2 March 2013

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Spireites boss Paul Cook was delighted with the added attacking threat his side carried against Dagenham & Redbridge.

Cook welcomed back imposing striker Armand Gnanduillet from injury and he partnered Marc Richards up front for his first start in a Chesterfield shirt.

Despite neither player getting on the scoresheet, they linked up well and were a constant threat to the home defence.

Speaking after the 1-0 victory over the Daggers, Cook said: “We had senior players back today and I think it showed. We were very compact, we were very strong, we reduced Dagenham to very few chances.

“It wasn’t pretty. We’re not trying to make out that all of a sudden we’ve turned a corner. We come away, put some decent ball in the box and big Armand [Gnanduillet] was threat for the 90 minutes.

“That was the pleasing point for us today, we looked like we had a threat. For the last couple of games we haven’t really had that.

“We wanted our front two to stay up front and be a threat. We felt that if we could be compact behind that we could see the game out.”

At the other end of the pitch the Chesterfield defence, and midfield, worked tirelessly to restrict any forward movement from Dagenham.

Sam Hird returned to sure up the midfield alongside Sam Togwell as Neal Trotman continued his partnership with Liam Cooper.

“Without being disrespectful to Dagenham, they didn’t create too many chances. We were never really under any intense pressure,” Cook added.

“It’s pleasing to get three points. In football winning is a nice feeling; we haven’t had it for a bit. At a club like ours we’re expected to win and I’ve said all along I don’t have no problems with it.”

The manager also reserved special praise for the 261 Spireites who made the long trip south.

He said: “For a team that supposedly going nowhere we had great support today and I’m delighted for them.”

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