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Cook: "Sending off Changed the Dynamics of the Game"

14 December 2014

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Speaking to Spireites Player after the 1-0 home defeat to Bradford City, manager Paul Cook was pleased with his team's response to going down to ten men.

A straight red card for captain Sam Morsy saw the Spireites play most of the second half a man down, and they performed well despite being undone by a Billy Clarke pearler that utlimately won the game.

Cook shared his thoughts on Morsy's dismissal and the game's other key, not to mention contorversial, moments.

He said: "The red card hapened so quickly, my tought was that it was a genuine foul for us right before it. My view is that it was a handball right before Clarke scored the goal. My view is that there were continual decisions that were baffling today from the referee.

"I say I never moan about officials, but I've not done a bad job today! But as the dust settles, I do accept that these officials will make mistakes and I've got no problem with that.

"It just annoys me sometimes when you're playing against teams that are a little bit more streetwise than us, that we need a little help from the referees and that's what disappoints me."

After the goal Bantams striker Jon Sead hit the post, but the Spireites also had good chances falling to Armand Gnanduillet and Jay O'Shea, and the manager was happy with his side's spirit.

He said: "I never felt we were in trouble in the game, I thought the lads were magnificent, even when we went down to ten men and we kept playing off the front foot.

"We've been undone by one wonder strike in the second half and that's the nature of the game."

Morsy's red card will lead to a suspension for one of the Spireites' consistant key performers, and it's a side to the midfielder's game that Cook is trying to extinguish.

Cook said: "If Samy's caught him he's caught him and he'll be punished very heavily because it's one of the things that Samy Morsy must learn.

"I've got to be strong with Samy now because he can't let us down like that. He was captain today, possibly the best player on the pitch at that moment and in my opinion we were going to go on and win the game.

"We looked good, we looked strong. Bradford had had a couple of opportunities in the game early on but we then felt they were getting deeper and deeper. Eventually we felt that with the weight of pressure it could see us wining.

"Unfortunately with the sending off it changed the dynamics of the game completely."

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