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Cook Hails Work Ethic

26 January 2014

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Chesterfield manager Paul Cook praised the work ethic of the Spireites players to come back from a goal down to win 3-1 in dreadful conditions at Sixfields Stadium.

Darren Carter put Northampton ahead from the penalty spot after just 15 minutes but the visiting side rallied and went on to overturn the deficit through goals from Dan Gardner, Gary Roberts and Armand Gnanduillet.

Speaking to Spireites Player after the game, Cook Said: “I thought we did well today: To get the three goals, to stick in the game and see it out – I’m delighted for our supporters.

“The work ethic of the players today got us home and the bits of quality. We’ve got a great group of players.”

Despite going a goal down, the Liverpudlian believed that the Spireites had started the brighter side and were unfortunate to concede an early goal. “I thought we started the game really well, we were bright, we were moving the ball. The first opportunity for them to go forward resulted in a penalty," explained the manager.

“I keep telling people that if we’re going to get where we want to be then we must win football games. So if we do concede a goal, let’s try and score more.”

Chesterfield made four changes to the side that drew with Rochdale at the Proact Stadium on Tuesday night: Gardner, Tendayi Dariwka, Ritchie Humphreys and Eoin Doyle were all introduced into the starting line-up at Sixfields and all impressed the gaffer.

“Really pleased for the lads coming into the team. It’s easy to mention Dan Gardner because of his goal but the likes of Darikwa, Ritchie Humphreys, Eoin Doyle: These lads were magnificent today."

After a deluge of rain in the first half, the pitch at Sixfields Stadium looked heavy at half time with patches of standing water dotted sparingly around the park. The referee appeared out of the tunnel at the break to inspect the playing surface and, after short deliberation, gave the all clear for the game to continue. 

Cook expressed his relief at the decision taken to not postpone the game. He said: “I’m just pleased he didn’t call it off. We don’t want to have to come off the pitch and have to come back again, it causes fixture congestion.

“We’re really pleased that the game went ahead, we’re really pleased to have won. It’s just another brick going towards where we want to be.”

The Spireites now travel to York on Tuesday with the opportunity to return to the top of the League 2 table depending on Scunthorpe's result against Fleetwood on Monday night. The manager was quick to turn attentions towards the trip to Bootham Crescent in midweek. 

“The important thing now is how these players prepare for Tuesday night and that preparation starts now," explained Cook before adding: "They’re in tomorrow in the hydro pool. We’re doing everything we can to get these fans what they want.

“We’re a work in progress like most clubs are. We’re trying to evolve the group, we’re trying to get younger players in, we’re trying to be hungrier. I just want us to grow as a football club and I’m very proud to be the manager.”

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

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