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Cook: “We Want to be Winners”

19 October 2014

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Spireites boss Paul Cook praised his players’ progression as his side came from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Oldham Athletic at The Proact.

Sam Clucas struck a volley to bring the Spireites level after they fell behind to a penalty from Jonathan Forte earlier in the second half.

Cook said: “It probably was a fair result, it’s just disappointing the way we concede goals after half-time.

“If you want to be a successful club you’ve got to improve and when you make mistakes, don’t keeping making the same ones. Unfortunately we’re making them again at the moment and that’s what is costing us points.”

With just one win in the last six games, Cook wants more from his squad.

He said: “We’ve got to want more, demand more and grasp more. At the minute we’re just not going that extra yard that I feel is important in football.

“We’re a good team who are involved in good games and we get a lot of plaudits for that. But now we want to be winners. We want to win more games and at the minute we’re not doing that.

“We’ve come a long way quickly and one of the biggest things with that is the home support which is fantastic. Credit to our supporters, we keep going behind at home and coming back and a lot of that is down to them lifting us.”

Chesterfield once again conceded early in the second half but fought back well and had chances to go on and win the game.

Cook said: “That’s football. We showed good character but Oldham are good at dominating possession, a bit like ourselves. They flood the middle of the pitch.

“Eoin Doyle felt he should have scored but all in all it’s a tough league and Oldham are a good team.

“The group has come a long way in the last 18 months to two years since I started rebuilding the team. They did smashing bringing us into a new division and our early-season form has given us all great hope but I’m more of a realist and I know how tough every point is to get.

“When the winter comes it’s going to get harder and we’ve got to make sure we show that fire in our bellies.”

With over a quarter of the season gone the Spireites have performed well and despite dropping points in recent games they currently sit eighth in Sky Bet League One.

Cook said: “School report, we’re doing okay. We feel we’ve dropped some points in the last couple of home games against Notts County and Oldham.

“I can never fault our lads for effort or commitment, but we need to maybe get a bit more streetwise.

“Two points are huge and the teams that go on and take those wins are the teams that will end up in the right areas of League One.”

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