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Cook: "I’m very Pleased with the Lads"

10 November 2014

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Chesterfield strolled into the FA Cup second round after winning 6-0 in Essex at non-league Braintree Town.

Speaking to Spireites Player after the match, Paul Cook was pleased to see his team arrest their recent winless run.

He said: “Today is all about the players, they were excellent. It was a very difficult game, Braintree don't give a lot of goals away - they don't concede many goals at home and they’re a very difficult team to play.

"I’m very pleased with the lads today. Football is all about the players and today they were excellent.

"It was always going to be a difficult second half because you’ve got to try and maintain your standards and our standards in the first half were very good. 

"That’s what won us the game. When you’ve got the likes of Sam Clucas and Eoin Doyle you see the quality they’ve got higher up the pitch.”

The Spireite’s manager saw the game as an opportunity to experiment with a 4-4-2 formation, unlike the one he has tended to employ in the league.

Cook said: “There are certain aspects of the game we can improve with personnel, that’s obvious.” 

“Without being disrespectful to Braintree you won’t play against the teams the quality of your Swindons and MK Dons who, if you give up the middle of the pitch, they kill you, they really hurt you, so today was a chance to get two up front and you can see how much damage it can do. 

"We’ve scored good goals, we've had numerous chances and Tommy Lee's played well as well. Credit to Braintree, they never laid down, they kept going and I think, in the end, it was just a perfect example of what the gulf can be.”

The Chesterfield boss was full of praise for the Essex-based club but hoped his side's big win would help to quieten the doubters.

He said: “Braintree are a very honest side. Alan Devonshire has done really well over the last couple of years and they’re well organised. I watched them here against Grimsby and Grimsby laboured for long spells to break them down. 

"Today we wanted to get width into the team and get some one v ones because we know what O’Shea, Robets, Doyle, Clucas and these lads can do. 

"It’s really pleasing for Eoin Doyle to get a couple of goals too because that give him a little lift up to 16, 17, whatever it is and he goes home a happy man today.”

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