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Cook: "It Was a Special Night."

19 February 2014

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Spireites manager Paul Cook was delighted for the town of Chesterfield after his side bypassed Fleetwood Town in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on Tuesday night.

Cook's side were defeated 1-0 in the second leg of the cup tie but still progressed to the final with a 3-2 aggregate win over the Cod Army following the 3-1 victory at Highbury Stadium earlier this month. 

Speaking briefly to Spireites Player after the match, the Spireites boss said: “I’m delighted, I really am. It’s a special night for me, it’s a special night for my family, it’s a special night for everyone connected with Chesterfield.

“The town will now celebrate that and I’m really proud to be the manager. We’ve taken support to Northampton, to Torquay, to Portsmouth and now we’re going to Wembley. I think it’s great to be able to look forward to that.”

Despite the defeat, the Liverpudlian explained how he felt Chesterfield had put in one of their strongest performances of the season. “It was a good as we’ve played for a long time," claimed Cook before adding: "We were brilliant, we really played well. We got the ball in good areas, we created chances, we moved the ball and we looked a really good side.

“We’ve had a lot of success at this club in a short space of time and it seems to be continuing."

Spireites Player interviewer Phil Tooley asked the manager how progressing to Wembley ranked in his footballing and managerial career, the 46-year-old replied: “I’m lucky enough that I’ve been involved in football all my life, I’ve had some really special occasions but none of them beat tonight.”

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

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