Spireites manager Paul Cook was pleased with Chesterfield's 1-1 draw with Scunthorpe United on Saturday and admitted it was a fair result for both sides.Sam Winnall gave the home side a one-goal advantage after he bundled the ball home from a matter of yards before Eoin Doyle levelled the scores from the penalty spot on the stroke of half time after Ritchie Humphreys was brought down in the Iron area.
The Chesterfield boss felt that his side had the better of the opening exchanges and were unfortunate to go a goal behind. He said: “I thought we played well first half, I felt Scunthorpe scored a goal against the run of play - probably their only attempt on our goal in the half. We had a couple of bright situations and eventually we got the penalty.
“I felt we’d go on and dominate the game second half but by the time we made the second substitutions I thought Scunthorpe were getting into the ascendency.
“All in all, I think a draw was a fair result. But I take my hat off to our travelling support today, they were a credit to the club.”
It was a wet and windy day at Glanford Park, creating difficult conditions for Chesterfield's neat passing football and Cook believed his side were brave to persist with their familiar style against a strong Scunthorpe side. He said: “We’re a passing team who want to play football and you can see for yourself at the minute how difficult that is.
“We were brave to try and do that because we were up against a strong Scunthorpe side. Russ Wilcox has done a fantastic job here and they’re going to be there right to the death.”
Saturday marked the end of a three-week period in which Chesterfield have played seven games so Cook explained that he would allow the players extra time off as they prepare for next weekend's game against Torquay United.
“We’re going to give the lads an extra day off this week because I feel that they deserve it," said the gaffer before adding: "They’ve worked ever so hard – they’ve been in every Sunday and they’ve done everything right.
“We’ll just let them have a little break now to regroup again because we’ve got a massive game against Torquay where hopefully we’ll be backed by a really good home support.”
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