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Cook: “We've Equipped Ourselves Well at this Level”

21 September 2014

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Spireites manager Paul Cook believes that his Chesterfield side have adjusted well to life in League One, despite falling to a 3-2 defeat at Doncaster.

Chesterfield found themselves two goals down at the Keepmoat Stadium following strikes from Nathan Tyson and Kyle Bennett, before Sam Clucas reduced the arrears with his first goal for the club.

Rovers then stretched their lead through a Jamie McCombe goal, but Eoin Doyle continued his hot streak in front of goal to give the hosts a nervy finish as Doncaster eventually claimed all three points.

Regardless of the final result, Cook is satisfied with how his team has been able to adapt to life in the higher tier.

Cook said: “I think we have equipped ourselves really well at this level, and you can see by what the supporters think at the end because they know that we have done our best.

"We have moved up a level and the level of finishing has also moved up. I feel sick for the supporters because we have let them down when they travelled across, but we had enough chances to get something from the game. Our supporters were a credit today.”

Although Cook is delighted with the Spireites’ start in League One, the boss didn't make any excuses for the goals which were conceded at the Keepmoat.

He said: “We are an honest group and we have to defend better than that. We just spoke to them after the game, we spoke for ten minutes about it at half-time and then we conceded straight after half-time.

"A manager can come out and make excuses about personnel changing, but we have to work hard on the training ground and be better than that.”

Despite the setback, Cook was pleased with the standard of football as he now looks forward to welcoming Notts County to the Proact next weekend.

The manager said: “Whether you are from Doncaster or from Chesterfield, you would have left the game today saying ‘what a good game of football’.

"Both sides were very committed, and they have some fantastic players, but so have we. We have good manners, well done Doncaster, but we move on to our next game.”

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