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Cook: "Roberts has got that Quality"

30 November 2014

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Speaking after the 1-1 draw at Crawley Town, Chesterfield manager Paul Cook reflected on how the match had gone for his side.

Crawley hit the Spireites' woodwork twice in the first half but after Gary Roberts gave the visitors a second half lead, Gavin Tomlin struck back for the hosts and split the spoils.

Looking back, Cook was pleased to gain an away point, but felt his side could have gone on to win after scoring the game's opener.

He said: "It was disappointing, once we'd taken the lead I felt we'd go on and win the game because I thought they'd come onto us more and with the likes of Roberts and the quality we have in the team I thought we'd get more chances to score.

"That was the disappointing side. Obviously for their goal Charlie Raglan's slipped, you can't do much about that, so you'll take a 1-1 draw."

Skipper Ian Evatt was replaced in the first half after receiving a nasty-looking blow to the head, and Cook felt the change affected his side's approach to the match.

He said: "Evatt came off, we ended up a bit mix-and-match and the game became far too open for my liking. I like us to be a lot more compact, but we'd gone two up front with Gnanduillet and we thought we could go on and win the game.

"All in all, I think if you can get a point away from home and then win your home games they always say that's good."

Roberts' 58th-minute strike came after a measured low shot that had just enough pace to sneak past Crawley 'keeper Lewis Price, the sort of effort Cook and the Spireites have come to expect from their talisman.

The manager said: "He's got that quality, Gary. He's a catalyst to how we play and we seem to get a lot more positive results when Gary's in the team.

In the first ever encounter between the two sides, 403 travelling fans were present, and Cook made clear his appreciation for their efforts.

He said: "I must complement our supporters again today, it's a great credit to them travelling down here a month before Christmas - and that's much appreciated by everyone at the club."

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