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Cook: "The ground was rocking again today"

28 September 2014

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Paul Cook spoke to Spireites Player after the 1-1 draw with Notts County and was largely pleased with what his had seen from his side.

Blair Adams had given the Magpies a first half lead, but on-loan defender Georg Margreitter fired back for the hosts with a bullet header after the break.

Had it not been for an outstanding goalkeeping performance from veteran stopper Roy Carroll, the Spireites would have added further goals and claimed all three points.

Upbeat, the Spireites boss was able to take a pragmatic view of the Proact proceedings.

Cook said: "That's footie and you just keep going. That's your habits, you work hard and keep doing the right things. 

"To be fair to the 'keeper today he was sensational. That's why he's an international goalkeeper and he's had the career he's had."

Cook was impressed with the afternoon's opponents, but felt that having to change his line-up yet again was far from helping. 

He said: "Fair play to Notts County, they've come and got an early goal. It's not just me making excuses, but when we keep making changes we're not getting that continuity in what we're trying to do.

"Our lads showed great work ethic and they're a credit to the club. They go about the game in such a good manner and they're so positive in how they try to play, especially in the second half when we've created chance after chance."

Notts County chalked up their fourth successive draw at the Proact and the Spireites boss was unsurprised his side found breaking through the County defence difficult.

He said: "That's the way football is. Notts County have got a very strong defensive record and they've got that for a reason. Shaun's done a very good job, they've come away from here unbeaten and you've got to take your hat off to them and say 'well done'."

The manager switched his formation to a conventional 4-4-2 for the encounter, but felt there were more important things to focus on then just the number of strikers.

He said: "You can get bogged down in arguing about tactics, but it's about winning, it's about creating chances, and I think every supporter in the ground today will say we've created enough, but unfortunately we haven't scored a second so we respect that, look forward to Sheffield United and what's going to be a fantastic game for our supporters next week. 

"It's a game we've always looked forward to and it's a game that everyone can build up for over the next week." 

Cook was complimentary of the raucous Proact Stadium support, who did all they could to roar their side to victory.

The manager said: "The ground was rocking again today and it's great credit to the supporters. You can always test how you're doing by your supporters' reaction and to see them stand up at the end of the game clapping like that always makes me happy."

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