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Cook: “The Most Important Thing for us is Building for the Future”

26 October 2014

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Spireites boss Paul Cook reflected on Chesterfield’s 1-0 away defeat to Walsall and highlighted that his team are in a period of transition after a strong start to the campaign.

Saddlers striker Tom Bradshaw scored the only goal of the game after the hour mark and despite creating chances, the Spireites were unable to hit back.

Cook said: “We’re going through a period of poor confidence. When you’re going well, everything’s right and it breaks for you. 

“What you must do at times like this is stay strong- I stay as positive as I can be.

“It’s a difficult league with very strong teams in it and we wanted to come here today and be more solid and be harder to beat. The disappointing thing is we haven’t kept a clean sheet when we set up to do that and obviously score.

“We had enough breakaways first half but when Walsall scored it took the life out of us.”

There were chances at both ends but at times the Spireites lacked the cutting edge going forward that was present in the season’s early games.

Cook said: “Our players are going through that period of feeling sorry for themselves and as a professional sportsman that’s wrong.

“We had 1,000 people here today and it’s a privilege to play in front of them. At times like this we’ve got to get our shoulders out and be counted.

“It’s a long campaign and we’re putting our foot into a deep pond and what we must do is stay positive and turn results around.”

Huddersfield Town loanee Oscar Gobern made his Spireites debut and played in front of the back-four as Cook looked to tighten up the leaky defence.

Cook said: “You can see the job the defensive midfielder does- he breaks play up and starts attacking. What we’ve got to work on now is being more of a threat.

“The reason we played a defensive midfielder is to help us defend and it hasn’t worked today. We need to work on being a team that scores goals but doesn’t concede because that’s what good teams do.”

Cook also highlighted the need to mould his squad to cope with coming changes as Daniel Johnson prepares to return to Aston Villa.

He said: “The most important thing for us is building for the future, making the club stronger and winning football games.

“Daniel is a fantastic player but I’ve got to plan for the future. Roberts, Banks and Gardner must get minutes. If they don’t then when Daniel leaves these lads are short of match fitness.”

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