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Cook: "We've Taken a Body Blow."

9 March 2014

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Chesterfield manager Paul Cook was disappointed with Chesterfield's defeat to ten man Accrington Stanley on Saturday and has called for his side to regroup.

An 85th minute Ian Evatt strike proved too little too late for the Spireites as they fell 3-1 at the Crown Ground following a first half hat-trick from Lee Molyneux.

Speaking to Spireites Player after Saturday's game, Cook explained how they had worked hard to ensure League 2 strugglers Stanley weren't underestimated.

He said: “We had a team meeting today for an hour about the importance of the game, what it means and how teams disrespect Accrington Stanley and regularly leave with what we’ve left with which is nothing.

“Whether we’ve disrespected them or not I don’t know, we’ve given a couple of sloppy goals away and missed a couple of great chances as well. We were poor today. Very, very poor. There are no excuses offered. We had great travelling support and they go away as disappointed as the rest of us.”

Despite the result Chesterfield remain top of the league table and now travel to AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday in a bid to get their title challenge back on track. The manager will be looking for a reaction to the defeat at Accrington.

“Now and then, when you get some body blows like we have I believe in conducting yourself properly," commented Cook before adding: "I think you show some manners and a little bit of class when it doesn’t go well.

“The important thing for me as a manager and everyone else is that we stay strong. There’s 11 games to go in the league and these are the players that have made us into the club we are at the minute.”

The former Stanley player and manager spoke highly of the club where he finished his playing career, he said: “I think you’ve got to give Accrington great credit, not just for the ability to score goals but when they went down to ten men they worked so hard for each other.

“Accrington have got a great spirit, they’re a great club. The signs around the stadium say they’ll never die and that sums them up as a club. They won’t die because of the people involved in the club and the people that have been here before them.”

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

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