Chesterfield manager Paul Cook admitted his side were second best in their 3-0 loss to Southend United yesterday.
Kevan Hurst gave Southend the lead in the first half before two goals in two minutes from Ryan Leonard and Barry Corr on the hour mark sealed the victory for the Blues.
Speaking to Spireites Player, the boss was understandably disappointed with the result but gracious in defeat. He said: “Today was always going to be a very difficult game. You must give great credit to Southend as they are a very powerful and strong side and they are going to be in the shake up at the end of the season. We were very disappointing today.
“Everyone knows that we have a really good defensive record and the stats add up, but unfortunately we have this achilles heel now and again that things like this happen. I thought going forward our lads stuck at it. We created a couple of chances and could have had a goal but that’s not enough.
“I want to thank the supporters who travelled down today. My job now is to make sure we go away and reflect on what is a bad defeat because we can’t do anything about it now. The important thing is we look to Tuesday where we play a very strong Rochdale team and it will be a very competitive game.”
With the side already 3-0 down, the manager introduced Dan Gardner in the second half and the forward showed glimpses of his exciting talent. The gaffer believed that the introduction of the former Halifax man was the only real positive to take from the game.
“I always felt in the latter stages of the game, if it was 0-0, that we would create chances and with Dan Gardner coming on the pitch, it’s obvious to everyone that he’s a very exciting young player,” explained the 46-year-old.
“The goalkeeper made a great save from Gardner at the end and although I don’t take positives from defeats, we can all see he is going to be an exciting player for us.”
Marc Richards had a golden opportunity to get Chesterfield back in the game from the penalty spot. However, Shrimpers goalkeeper Dan Bentley pulled off a great save to deny the striker. The Liverpudlian believed that the second half penalty was a bit fortuitous.
“I felt we should have had a first half penalty but I didn’t think the second half was,” admitted Cook. “Referees make decisions in games - I didn’t think the second one was but definitely thought the first one was.
I felt that if we went in the box again and there was any type of contact that the referee would give us a decision. It was difficult for the referee but I thought he had a good game today.”
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