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Cook: "We have got to keep our feet firmly on the ground"

7 April 2015

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Chesterfield manager Paul Cook was full of praise following his side’s narrow 1-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra in a game which the Spireites dominated.

Tendayi Darikwa scored the only goal of the game when he was able to loop a header over Alex ‘keeper Paul Rachubka, meaning Chesterfield snatched another crucial three points in the race for the play-offs.

Cook said: “Off the back of some difficult games, the players should take all the plaudits as they were excellent. They played really well against a Crewe side that came and caused us problems. 

"They were bright and got in some intelligent areas and got into some good situations, but fortunately for us, they never hurt us. We look back at a very strong team performance.”

Darikwa was voted as the fans’ man of the match alongside gaining the winning goal, but Cook was careful not to single any one player out.

“All the lads deserve credit today," he said. "I don’t like singling players out, Tendayi obviously deserves a special mention, but Ryan and Morsy were excellent in the middle of the pitch, Roberts was creating as ever, Gboly [Ariyibi] was good, and Drew Talbot has come back into our squad looking as if he has never been out.” 

Despite all the positives in the victory, Cook admitted he was slightly disappointed that the Spireites were unable to capitalise on the huge amount of chances they created.

“We had good chances in the second half and the only disappointing thing for us was that we didn't got another goal. I felt that if we got another goal the whole stadium, including our bench, might have enjoyed the game a little bit more."  

With just five league fixtures now remaining, the Chesterfield boss was keen to reiterate that his side will not get carried away with their expectations, and neither should the fans. 

“We have got to keep our feet firmly on the ground," said Cook. "Which we will do, and we will keep doing our best to make these people proud. 

"Our twelfth man was excellent today, it was like one of those carnival atmospheres. You can guarantee that there is going to be some twists and turns, no one is stupid, football can hurt you when you least expect it.”

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