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Cook: "In our Minds we're the Biggest Club in the Country

29 December 2014

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook spoke after watching his side draw 0-0 at Coventry City's chilly Ricoh Arena in their final game of 2014.

Coming just two days after the Proact Stadium victory over Peterborough United, the Spireites were some distance from their swashbuckling best on their first trip to the ground.

However, the clean sheet and point earned caps a solid Christmas programme and Cook expressed his pleasure at the result, given the circumstances.

He said: "I was saying to the players in there after the game, it's probably as poorly as we've played in a long time but it's great to come away with a point because we were second best all over the pitch.

"We got all our decisions wrong today, the little things just didn't go right for us.

"We huffed and puffed and it's good to take a point away from home today and I think it was a well-deserved one as it came through hard work and effort."

With his side struggling with injuries and suspensions Cook's squad relied on experience from severeal players returning to the first team fold.

"You must dig in now and again," said the manager. "Sam Hird's not played much football and he's had to play three games in ten days.

"At half time I could have made three or four changes because we weren't great, but what was great today were the 1,600 travelling supporters.

"I'm sure they'll go home happy, a bit disappointed with how we played, but you're always happy when you get a point."

After seven points in three games over the hectic Christmas period, the Spireites have jumped up to seventh on the league table, and the manager continues to have sights set higher.

He said: "You keep going, you don't look forward or look back. Football's a tough game - if we're seventh in the league now we look to improve and be better.

"We're looked upon as a small club but in our minds we're the biggest club in the country."

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