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Cook: "We've Got to be Better."

29 November 2013

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Spireites manager Paul Cook believes that Chesterfield need to be brighter and better if they are to take points away from difficult games.

The North Derbyshire side were held to a 0-0 draw against Northampton Town on Tuesday night and the gaffer explained that it's Chesterfield's job to get past opponents no matter how they set up.

He said: “Teams set up to nullify us, to do what they can to take something out of the game and it’s our job to be brighter and better.

“We should respect the fact that Northampton came here bottom of the league and took a point away. It’s very much job done for Northampton.

“Going forward we’ve got to be better, we’ve got to be more inventive, we’ve got to be more creative. We’ll just keep working away and doing our best.”

Despite the result, Chesterfield kept their fifth consecutive clean sheet in all competitions and the Liverpudlian believes club captain Ian Evatt has been at the heart of the strong defensive performances.

“He was absolutely magnificent on Tuesday night, he was probably the only shining light in the game," said Cook before adding: “People were speaking of Ian Evatt quite unkindly after two games following a year out and I think some of those people are eating a little bit of humble pie now.”

Looking forward to Sunday's game against Newport County, Cook was quick to praise the work of Justin Edinburgh and his staff in getting the Exiles into the Football League and establishing their position in the Sky Bet League 2 table.

He said: “Justin Edinburgh doesn’t need me to tell you how good a job he’s done at Newport.

“To come into a very difficult League 2 with a lot of strong teams and not just to cope and handle it but to look like one of the teams that could keep going forward and possibly be in the shake-up at the end.”

The Spireites boss acknowledged the challenge of the Welsh side and knows his team will have to be at their best if they want to leave with all three points.

We’re just looking forward to the game, it will be a test for us on Sunday. A lot of teams go to Newport and the game can be over at half time," explained Cook.

"We’ve just got to make sure we’re strong and we impose ourselves because we’re a good side.”

To watch the full pre match conference, log on to Spireites Player.

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