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Cook: "We Were Poor."

20 October 2013

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Spireites boss, Paul Cook, was disappointed with the way his side performed in the 2-0 home defeat to Burton Albion yesterday.

Two early goals from Adam McGurk were enough for the Brewers but Cook bemoaned the lack of creativity in the final third.

He said: “Unfortunately, we’ve let a lot of people down today. There were no positives in the game; the biggest positive was that the game ended.

“Today I thought that whatever formation we played, we were good enough to beat Burton Albion, and that’s not being disrespectful to them, but whatever formation we played today wouldn’t have worked because we weren’t at it. 

“We didn’t look good at the back and we didn’t create chances. We didn’t open them up or penetrate them and our passing was slow. We were poor today.”

The boss singled out substitute Armand Gnanduillet as the Frenchman made an immediate impact following his return from injury in the second half. 

“The introduction of big Armand certainly gave us a lift,” said the 46-year-old, before adding: “I thought the big fella was excellent. He hasn’t done a lot of training but he’s given us a big lift so he gets a pat on the back.” 

With nearly 7,000 fans in attendance, the gaffer had only positive words to say about the impressive home support.

“There was nothing good about us today. It was a great day for football, the pitch was a carpet and there were a lot of people attending and we played like that,” commented the manager.

“They were a credit to the club today. In the second half, the singing and the chanting of people’s names tried getting the players going. They can be a credit to themselves today and they deserve a big pat on the back.”

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