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Cook: "We Fell Short"

19 March 2014

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Speaking after Chesterfield’s 2-1 defeat away at Plymouth manager Paul Cook reflected on the game and looked forward to Saturday’s derby with Mansfield Town.

A solitary second half Ritchie Humphreys strike wasn’t enough for the Spireites and manager Cook felt his team deserved more. 

He said: “Tonight we’re very disappointed because we didn’t feel in the second half that we were ever going to lose the game. 

"That’s the disappointing thing, we got in the ascendency and it was a question of if we score the next one. We never came under any pressure so you have to take your hat off to Plymouth and say well done.

“You have to have a little bit about you when you get beat. We haven’t done enough to win the game. We traveled down, stayed overnight and trained really well, the players have done everything right to try and win the game, but we fell short.”

The result meant Chesterfield were replaced at the top of the table by Rochdale, but Cook was quick to shift his players’ attention away from the loss and towards Saturday’s local derby with Mansfield.  

“All we speak about at this stage of the season is results. We’ve been beaten 2-1 tonight and we need to pick ourselves up quickly because we’ve got a massive game on Saturday for our supporters and for ourselves.

“We move onto Mansfield and we must prepare properly and do the right things. It’s a big game for Mansfield, it’s a big game for us, it’s one we all look forward to. We’ll sit down over the next few days and put a team on the pitch that we feel wins the game.” 

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

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