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Cook: "It's Character Testing."

6 October 2013

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Chesterfield manager Paul Cook believes back-to-back defeats will be a test of the squad's character following their strong start to the League 2 season.

The Spireites fell 4-3 at the Globe Arena after going into the half-time break with a three goal lead. The manager acknowledged the challenge that consecutive defeats poses, he said: “We’ve had a good start, now we’ve just had two defeats on the bounce and it’s character testing. We’re there to be shot at.

“If you want to be good, you’ve got to be at it and you can’t just have days where you think it’s alright. From four o’clock today, unfortunately for us, we just didn’t turn up.”

Clearly frustrated, Cook praised Chesterfield's first half performance but lambasted the second half capitulation. “To say we were excellent first half would be an understatement. We looked everything that league leaders are about; we were bright in possession, we were a threat and we looked like scoring goals," explained the gaffer.

He then added: "We weren’t at it second half, the lads know that, we make no bones about it, there’s no hiding place. Morecambe were always going to come out for ten minutes and have a go, they got a smell that there was still something in the game when they should have got no smell at all.”

Cook faced a number of selection headaches going into Saturday's game, with Armand Gnanduillet, Marc Richards, Drew Talbot, Matty Brown and Nathan Smith all unavailable through injury. However the Liverpudlian was not willing to use injuries as an excuse.

When asked about the missing players, he replied: “Managers should never make excuses with injuries and I never will. We’ve brought players in today that other clubs would love to have in their team.

“We’ve got good players, we create chances, we score goals and we haven’t looked like conceding. Today if somebody had said at half time that we’d concede four goals you wouldn’t have believed them.”

The manager praised the travelling supporters and was disappointed they couldn't see the game out. Cook said: “In the second half, we’ve let everyone down, we hold our hands up, we accept it and move on to the next game.”

To watch the full interview, log on to Spireites Player.

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