Spireites manager Paul Cook praised a strong team performance after his Chesterfield side overcame local rivals Barnsley to win 2-1 at The Proact.The Spireites ended their seven game winless run in the league with striker Eoin Doyle again showing his qualities with two goals from the top drawer.
Cook said: “We were excellent today. We studied Barnsley and how they play and I think we restricted them to very few chances today.
“We’re really pleased because Barnsley are a good side and to get a victory today is fantastic, but it’s a long season and we’re trying to make steps forward. It’s a very tough league and victories are hard to come by so when you get them you should enjoy them.
“We’re going on a bit of a run ourselves and it starts with small steps. It started with Yeovil at home and it’s only a small step but our fans were a credit again today.”
The home side continued their attacking style of play and were rewarded by a goal in each half from Doyle as he added to his ever-growing season tally, now up to the 19 goal mark.
Cook said: “The finishes are top class. We had a lot of good performances today and I thought we thoroughly deserved the victory.
“We’re in a big pond now and we need every one of our players to play well to get results. One thing our players do is that they don’t leave much on the pitch and that was evident today.”
Barnsley pulled a goal back in the dying minutes through Keith Treacy but the Spireites dug deep to hold onto their advantage and take all three points.
Cook said: “We were seeing the game out well and do the substitutions affect that? Maybe, maybe not. Barnsley were pressing higher and putting the ball forward quicker but all in all it’s a very good day for us and it’s nice to get a result.
“We haven’t been on the best run but our supporters have shown great faith, for example the supporters that travelled to Braintree and Crewe. So that’s a big reward today, we’ve now beaten Sheffield United and Barnsley at home and they’re two big wins for us.
“Our supporters know what our players can do and they also know where we’re a bit limited but we’re taking steps forward.”