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Cook: "I Trusted the Squad"

26 March 2014

After Tuesday's victory over Morecambe Chesterfield manager Paul Cook explained how he had every faith that his team would be able to see off the challenge of the Shrimps.

The Spireites ran out 1-0 winners over Jim Bentley's side after Jay O'Shea's headed first half goal proved to be enough to separate the teams and return Chesterfield to winning ways.

Cook made four changes to the starting XI that played out a 0-0 draw with local rivals Mansfield Town in the Spireites' previous outing: Jimmy Ryan, Jay O'Shea, Mason Bennett and Marc Richards were all given the nod ahead of Tuesday's game and the manager commented on his squad selections.

He said: “Tonight I trusted the squad, I made a few changes up front to freshen us up in that area of the pitch. The stats on chances and possession would be good to see because we played well second half, we were under no threat.

“We were brave with our team selection because we felt the lads had kept going to the well. We felt that even if we had to bring lads on after 60 minutes to win the game, we could still do that.

“I’m not shy of making brave decisions. I’ve got no problems as a manager, you must make big and brave decisions because when they go wrong you have to stand in front of a camera and be counted.”

With just six fixtures of the 2013/14 season remaining, Chesterfield sit third in the Sky Bet League 2 table and the gaffer explained that the team need all the support they can get to help them over the line and achieve their goals.

“We played well tonight, we really did," claimed Cook before adding: "I’m pleased for the players because at times our crowd do get edgy and that transmits onto the pitch. Sometimes we’ve got to stay with each other, we’ve got to have belief in what we do.

“We come in every day and do our best, we don’t have big time people at our club who think they’re above everyone. We pick teams because we think it’s right and we need the support badly now.

“We need this ground rocking for Newport at home, we really do. The town and the football club go hand-in-hand in Chesterfield, it has done for years and years. Promotions are not easy and sometimes we need help.”


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