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Cook: "We Started Well."

29 January 2014

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Spireites boss Paul Cook was delighted with his players after they proved to be too much for York City on Tuesday night - leaving Bootham Crescent with a 2-0 win.

Eoin Doyle and Gary Roberts got the goals for Chesterfield to take them back to the summit of Sky Bet League 2.

Speaking to Spireites Player, the gaffer explained the secret behind the success. He said: “The atmosphere in the dressing room is very good. The players are very strong together at the minute and the way to win promotion is to win football games.

“We started well tonight. Doyle’s goal was top draw and we looked bright. The game got a little easy for us and we got a bit sloppy in possession but you’ve got to give the guys great credit.

“We’ve got a good group of players who work very hard and tonight, they deserve a lot of plaudits. We’ve had two tough away fixtures where the pitches are very heavy and from the disappointment of Southend and Rochdale, I think the lads have responded magnificently.”

Dan Gardner played a huge role in setting up Roberts’ goal as he sprinted over 60 yards before putting in the winger to net for the third successive game. The pair were subbed off in the second half and the manager revealed his decision behind the changes.

“Gary was feeling his groin a little bit because the pitch was getting heavy. York were starting to win a few second balls in the middle of the park and I made the substitutions because I thought it was right,” explained the Liverpudlian.

“I felt it was right for Sam Hird to come on and let Jimmy and Samy get on the second balls better. I felt it worked well because having looked in the ascendency with 20 minutes to go, we saw the game out well.”

With games coming thick and fast, Chesterfield host Bristol Rovers on Saturday and the 46-year-old sent out a message to the travelling fans.

“The supporters again followed us in great numbers and I take my hat off to them,” said the gaffer. “It’s important that we get a big crowd on Saturday because as the games run out, we’re going to need those supporters really badly.”

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

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