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Cook Hails Spireites Character

13 April 2014

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After seeing his Chesterfield side record an important 2-1 victory away at Hartlepool United, manager Paul Cook was happy and relieved to be returning to winning ways.

He said: “I thought we were excellent today. Their goal was against the run of play, we started brightly with a couple of great chances to score. We had energy in the team today and that’s what’s been lacking.

“Today we went a goal behind and showed great character to come back and get a win and I thought we really should have got a third goal - that would have helped us all relax and enjoy ourselves.”

The manager was full of praise for midfielder Dan Gardener, who played a part in both goals on his return to action after a month out injured.

“Dan’s an excellent player. He makes things happen in the last third of the pitch and it’s the most important area of the pitch. He’s got great energy and great life.”

The Spireites’ victory was made all the sweeter by results elsewhere. Promotion rivals Scunthorpe United, Rochdale, Fleetwood Town and Burton Albion all dropped points, meaning Chesterfield moved five points clear of fourth and within two point of the league summit. 

When asked for his reaction Cook was keen to stress that destiny was in his own team’s hands. 

“I said to the lads before the game, I’m not interested in the others, if we win games we’re promoted, We want to win the league like Rochdale and Scunthorpe and to win the league you’ve got to win every game. 

“We don’t want to be looking down the table, we should be looking up and saying: 'How are we going to catch the others?”

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

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