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Cook: “Three Clean Sheets is a Credit to the Lads"

16 November 2014

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Paul Cook was satisfied with his side's discipline but recognised the need for more goals as Chesterfield fought out a difficult 0-0 draw away at Crewe Alexandra.

In a game of few clear openings, Gary Roberts, Eoin Doyle and Ian Evatt went closest to scoring for the visitors, who eventually had to settle for a point.

The Spireites dominated the majority of the possession in the Gresty Road fixture and Cook was pleased with a third clean sheet in as many games.

He said: “In the first half I thought we were really good, we started the game well, we created a lot of chances and we know we’ve got to start putting them away.

“Crewe came into the game in the second half and it became more end-to-end but to be truthful we shaded the game. We possibly deserved to win. We know we need to score more goals and we’re working hard on that.

“We’ll take a point and move on. We’re all learning a lot about the team and it’s important that we take strides nice and slowly.”

The Spireites are without a win in seven league games but Cook is happy with the progress of his team and stressed the calibre of teams throughout the league.

He said: “We’ve come away and taken a point. Crewe are bottom of the league and some people will say we should be winning but it’s a tough league and we don’t buy into that. Crewe are a good side, they have good young players who play the game the right way.

“I don’t think there were many Crewe chances in the game and all of a sudden we’ve gone three games without defeat.

“People will say we’ve not won for a certain amount of games but in this league, with the big teams that are in it, it’s tough to go on any sort of run. So to go three games with three clean sheets is credit to the lads."

A travelling army of 844 Spireites made the journey to Gresty Road and Cook was keen to praise the supporters.

The manager said: “We must complement our supporters today because we had great travelling numbers. The lads commented on that before they went out onto the pitch and it’s nice to hear that as a manager.

“They’re aware of the supporters and they want to do well for them. We’ve got a fantastic club with fantastic supporters and I take my hat off to them today.”

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