Spireites manager Paul Cook praised the work ethic of his Chesterfield players as the home side ran out 3-2 winners against Sheffield United.After going three goals up the Spireites saw their lead pegged-back to just a single goal but the defence stayed firm to move the Spireites up to sixth in Sky Bet League 1.
Speaking after the match, Cook was delighted with the result and the determination his players showed. He said: “It was everything that we wanted the game to be and everything that I love about football.
“Fortunately today we came out on the good end of a result but the lads deserve to take all the credit. I’ve got so much faith and confidence in them to keep going and I always knew we’d score goals.
“Today is a great day for Chesterfield Football Club and I hope everyone can enjoy it but at the same time it’s just one game. It’s great to beat a team like Sheffield United but we shouldn’t think we’ve cracked it and although today’s our day we’ll move on to next week.”
The Spireites went into the half-time break 2-0 up courtesy of a Jimmy Ryan thunderbolt and a Gary Roberts solo run and finish. Eoin Doyle then made it 3-0 before United pulled two goals back to reduce the deficit and create a nervy final few minutes for the home fans.
Cook said: “Up until their first goal we were good value for the lead. We were holding Sheffield United. They had a bit more possession than us but our disciplined defending was good and I don’t remember them creating too many chances.
“The goal gave them a bit of impetus and then obviously the second makes it a bad few minutes but to be fair to our fans we’ve had plenty of them so it’s just part and parcel of supporting the town.”
Tensions rose on the pitch and both teams were reduced to ten men during the first half, but Cook was pleased with the nature of the game as well as the performance from his players.
He said: “The course of the game can change with big decisions and myself and Nigel (Clough) will have our opinions but the game was played in a good manner.
“The likes of Doyle, Higdon and Morsy are very competitive lads and the referees have got to try and manage that which is never as easy as everyone thinks."
The Spireites travel to Sky Bet League 1 leaders Bristol City next weekend and Cook has told the fans to expect more of the same attacking football.
He said: “We have an ethos at our club that we want to attack and we want our fans to travel away to Bristol City knowing that we’ll have a go.
“When they get on the buses and leave the stadium next Saturday they’ll know that we’re going to have a go and try and score goals to win games. When you support your team that’s a very important thing.”