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Cook: "We'll Keep Working."

4 March 2014

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Paul Cook explained that his side will keep working on breaking teams down after Chesterfield drew 0-0 with Portsmouth at the Proact Stadium on Monday night.

The Spireites were left frustrated after missing an opportunity to go four points clear at the top of the Sky Bet League 2 table by sharing a point with a battling Portsmouth outfit.

Both sides had chances to win the game but neither could capitalise and Cook commented on how difficult it must have been for supporters to watch, he said: “For our supporters it’s hard because when teams get behind the ball and are disciplined defensively, they let you come to the halfway line and once you get there, there’s no space to penetrate and open up.

“The logical thing for managers to do is to get two up front and lump it but we’re trying to evolve as a club and be better than that. What we like to do is work harder to open them up and we never did that tonight.”

The Liverpudlian spoke about the passing style of football he has worked hard to introduce at the Proact Stadium since his arrival in October 2012. “It’s good for our profile as a club," explained the manager before adding: "We try and pass the ball and sometimes when it doesn’t work you can be criticised for it but we’ve been trying to do that all season and to the end of the season we’ll continue with those habits.

“We’ll go away and keep working on what we should do better which is getting the ball wider quicker and penetrate from wide areas and get quality in the box which we didn’t do enough of tonight.”

“When you go through the middle of the pitch like that, there’s a lot of traffic and unfortunately when there’s a lot of traffic you don’t get to your destination.”

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

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