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Cook: “We Could Have Won the Game”

12 October 2014

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Spireites boss Paul Cook admitted his disappointment with the 3-2 defeat on Saturday as his side conceded a late stoppage time winner against top-of-the-table Bristol City.

Falling behind on two separate occasions, top goalscorer Eoin Doyle equalised twice for the visitors, but Wes Burns' late strike sent Chesterfield back to Derbyshire empty-handed.

Despite the gut-wrenching defeat, Cook felt that the Spireites could have gained all of the spoils.

He said: “I felt we could have won the game at one time. I’m desperately disappointed- I’m disappointed for the players, the supporters who have travelled because we didn't deserved to get beaten today.”

Although Chesterfield suffered their second away defeat on the bounce, Cook was quick to praise his squad.

He said: “The first ten minutes is probably the best we have played this season. They had the first breakaway and they've scored. They’ve got quality, but we have conceded goals in the 46th and 96th minute when we had long spells of dominance.

"I’m just sick for everyone tonight. We have to take our defeats like we take ours wins and we’ve got a good work ethic at the club, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough today.

"We must pay Bristol City a great compliment because they kept going, although we felt they were on the back-foot for most of the second half. They have great quality and it’s every credit to themselves for being top of the league."

Defending is a topic which Cook has been hot on of late, and the boss insisted that the side are continuously working on fixing the leaks at the back.

“We know we have to work hard on our defending. One of the big problems I have as a manager is that we don’t come under intense pressure, but we concede.

"It is something we work on everyday, and we’re only trying to get better. It is a tough trip home because nearly is never good enough for me.”

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