Chesterfield manager Paul Cook was delighted to kick off 2014 with a convincing 4-0 victory over ten-man Bury.
Gary Roberts put the Spireites ahead in the first half before Danny Mayor was dismissed just before the break. Jay O’Shea, Marc Richards and a debut goal from Dan Gardner sealed the emphatic victory for Chesterfield.
Speaking about the win, the gaffer was understandably happy with the performance. He said: “I’m very pleased with a lot of players in the team today. We had a lot of goal threat, a lot of good chances and it was a good way for us to start the new year.
“We don’t want teams coming here and dominating the game. We want to be the best team in the league and want to be off our front foot. To do that, we’ve got to be brave and play possession football. Today, everything has gone in our favour and it’s a good day.”
The sending off was a huge talking point in the game and the Liverpudlian believed the decision helped the Spireites play their natural game.
“When they went down to ten men, we were back to moving the ball around and making the pitch big and difficult for Bury, especially in the second half. I think once the sending off came, the second goal was crucial in the game because it makes you relax and then I thought we were excellent,” the gaffer added.
New signing Gardner capped off an enjoyable debut with the final goal of the game and the 45-year-old was impressed with what he saw.
“When you see the likes of Dan coming on and getting two or three good chances, you can see his natural talent straight away,” said Cook. “When we play well, we are a very good team, but when we don’t play well, we’ve got to make sure that we are hard to beat.”
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