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Cook: "We Were Honest."

19 April 2014

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Spireites boss Paul Cook praised his side's honesty as ten-man Chesterfield fought back from a goal down to earn a point against Exeter City.

The Spireites found themselves trailing Exeter in the first half when a Matt Gimes free-kick cruelly deflected off the Chesterfield wall and wrong footed Tommy Lee before finding the back of the net.

Cook's side were reduced to ten men on 74 minutes after Sam Morsy saw red for a two-footed challenge a matter of yards from the referee. However, Chesterfield eventually fought back when Eoin Doyle won and converted a penalty to send the sides home level. 

Speaking to Spireites Player after the game, Cook said: “We never played well today, we huffed and puffed. When you play against teams that dominate the middle of the pitch, in terms of men, you’ll struggle to get the ball back.

“What Exeter were doing to us with their diamond and five at the back was allowing us to come out free up the sides but then dominating the middle of the pitch.

The Liverpudlian felt that Chesterfield had become predictable in the game and praised his side for fighting back to earn a draw. Cook explained: “We had too many strikers going into the same areas, we were becoming very predictable. It was only out of effort and honesty that we got back in the game.

“Points at this stage of the season are very important, whether it be one or three. With the games running out it’s important that we pick points up.”

7,104 Spireites fans were in attendance at the Proact Stadium to watch Chesterfield take on the Grecians and the manager was full of praise for the vocal support throughout the game.

“Great credit goes to our crowd," said Cook before adding: "Our supporters who kept singing and kept us going because we were just honest today, we lacked quality but we were honest.

“Our support today was fantastic, the kop was fantastic. We’ll take good support to Dagenham and we’ll take great support to Burton next week.”

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

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