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Cook Rues Missed Chances

6 April 2014

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After seeing Chesterfield lose out on two points in their quest for automatic promotion, manager Paul Cook was disappointed that his side hadn’t been able to make their opportunities count.

Jimmy Ryan had put the Spireites ahead four minutes after half time, but despite creating a series of openings, a Max Porter leveller seven minutes from time saw the spoils shared.

The manager said: “We’ve had clear cut chances to win the game, we haven’t put the second goal away. When you’re winning 1-0 you’re always on a knife-edge. Newport have had one attempt on our goal in the match and it’s gone in our net.”

After a slow first half the home side improved in the second and seemed to have done enough to win the match, including having two goals ruled out for offside.

“First half we were very lacklustre, we struggled to get going. Second half we’ve started well, got a goal and then had a couple of good opportunities, a couple of disallowed goals, a couple of good efforts to score to go two up.

"But we’ve never done it and you always run the risk. Today we’ve been caught out and you’ve got to hold your hands up and accept it.” 

On the offside decisions Cook said: “We’re just disappointed, but we’re not getting involved in arguing the result. No one’s changing the result whether they’re offside or not.”

The Liverpudlian explained why he was missing from the technical area for the match: “Two game ban I got, for problems at Accrington. At the end of the day it’s football and you’ve got to take it on the chin.”
Closing in on the end of the season Chesterfield are in the automatic promotion places and three points clear of Fleetwood Town. The manager is understandably keen on ensuring the Spireites maintain their position.

He said: “If you’re Fleetwood, you’ve had a couple of good strong results and you start feeling you can smell blood. Our job’s to make sure that we keep going, we’re strong and we get up to that promotion where we want to be.

“If you’re a Chesterfield fan tonight you feel a bit down. Our job’s to make sure we get on our front foot and come out fighting because we’re in the pole position, with three more points, better goal difference with five games to go. So we concentrate on Hartlepool and we go away and prepare as hard as we can for that.”

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