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Cook Pleased with Performance

13 October 2013

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Spireites boss, Paul Cook, was happy with the performance of his side, despite conceding a late leveller to second placed side, Fleetwood Town.

Jon Parkin hit an equaliser in the dying minutes after Liam Cooper had opened the scoring for Chesterfield. A result that ensured the Spireites stay top of the Sky Bet League 2 table.

Speaking to Spireites Player after the game, Cook said: “I thought we played well today and we dominated the game for long spells. We had good chances and obviously we know what’s coming. They are going to put Parkin on and go longer. Unfortunately for us, we couldn’t hold on and that’s great disappointment.

“We couldn’t hold out for the result, but we’re still top and that’s pleasing for me. We go into some home fixtures now where the support will stay strong and hopefully our performances can match.”

Parkin’s leveller came with only minutes remaining and the manager pinpointed what was needed to see the game out. 

“We’ve got to be braver with our play and we’ve got to pass the ball better,” added Cook. “When you have the ball, the other team can’t score. We’re a bit naïve as a team at the moment because we all want to score quickly but we’ve got to learn to see games out. Today, I’m not critical of the team at all; I’m really proud of the players today.”

Over 1,000 Spireites made the trip to the coast and the 46-year-old was quick to praise the fans that made the journey. “Our travelling support was amazing today. I always like to wave to the fans before the game purely because it’s more to say thanks for coming. At the end of the game, all the emotions go through your mind and you want to dissect the game, but today I thought our support was great,” commented Cook.

Heading into the game with Burton Albion, Cook revealed he may have a couple more players to choose from next week.

“We might have Marc Richards and Gary Roberts back,” admitted the Liverpudlian. “Nathan Smith is getting closer to regaining fitness and our squad is getting stronger and stronger. While we might have a few knocks on the way, I guarantee our supporters that we will have a lot of good days as well.”

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

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