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Cook: "Every team has bad runs"

18 February 2015

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Chesterfield lost their third consecutive game on Tuesday night at Scunthorpe United and after the game manager Paul Cook spoke to Spireites Player.

After a bright first half second half goals from Niall Canavan and Paddy Madden condemned the Spireites to a 2-0 defeat at Glanford Park.

Cook made five changes to the side that lost at home to Leyton Orient at the weekend and explained the reasoning behind the alterations.

He said: "We made a few changes from Saturday because we just felt we were a bit lacklustre then. We're just going through a bit of a transitional period now with the new bodies coming in.

"It's easy to make excuses, we're in the league position where we deserve to be. We're having a little bit of a blip that's come off the back of the Preston game and we must get ourselves out of it.

"What I don't do is all the negativity, that's not right. Our boys have been terrific for a long time and they need help at the minute. They don't need anyone on their backs, what they need is a pat on the back and reigniting to go again and lift ourselves up for the rest of the season."

Two of the changes saw full league debuts for Gboly Ariyibi and on-loan Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Ashley Carter, and Cook was please with what he saw from the young duo.

"You always feel that we're going to concede at the minute," said Cook. "I thought young Ashley Carter on the left side of defence was outstanding, it was a great debut for the young man.

"I thought Gboly Ariyibi was outstanding. The young lads were terrific tonight and now we must keep working hard and keep focused on what we're trying to do."

With another crunch match coming up with the trip to Rochdale on Saturday, Cook maintained that now is the time to get behind the team and help them turn the run of form around.

He said: "We didn't do a lot wrong in the game but when football's not going right for you like it's not going for us now that's when you need support for the team, myself and the staff and you be strong.

"Every team has bad runs and we're no different from any other team in the country."

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