Chesterfield manager, Paul Cook, was extremely disappointed to lose his first League 2 game of the season against local rivals, Mansfield Town.
Calvin Andrew headed the only goal of the game in the first half and Gary Roberts later saw red as he was sent off for stamping on a Stags defender, ruling him out for the next three games.
Speaking about the defeat, Cook said: “We started the game ever so well. We were bright, we’ve had chances but we just couldn’t score. It’s easy to come and make excuses but I’ve got to give Mansfield some great credit.
“They came here with a game plan and it’s obviously worked for them. We’ve had a lot of plaudits in the last couple of months and today we should show a bit of class and manners and say well done to Mansfield.”
The game saw the biggest crowd of the season, with over 10,000 supporters packed into the Proact Stadium. The 46-year-old believes the fans are going to have to be patient.
He added: “Unfortunately we let our supporters down today, but I think over the last couple of months, our supporters couldn’t feel let down. I think they could see the lads doing their best but we might have to get used to a lot of teams getting men behind the ball and it’s frustrating for us all.”
Roberts was sent off in additional time and the gaffer had no complaints with the referee’s decision.
“Players like Gary come to our club and the thing is, they want to deliver,” commented Cook. “Sometimes when it’s not working, it leads to that. Gary is a great lad and that is totally out of character for him.”
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