Chesterfield manager Paul Cook praised his side for their determination and character as the Spireites continued their push for the play-offs with a 1-0 victory away to Notts County.It was a story of missed chances in the first half but the debutant Caolan Lavery scored what proved to be the winner, albeit a fortuitous one, that his work rate and endeavour had deserved.
Speaking after the game Cook said: “I thought we played well today in terms of what we’re not really good at - The scruffy side, the defending and being dogged.
"It was a difficult pitch to play on and Notts County are a good side. They’ve got good players in the team”
The Spireites have been pleasing on the eye this season. However, Cook insisted it is important to be able to adapt to the match situation, especially away from the Proact.
He said: “It’s important in football. We bring our lads to pass and play and we want to do the right things but sometimes you come up against opposition that are slightly different and you must adapt.
"We’ve ridden our luck once or twice in the first half but when we got the goal we’ve seen the game out quite well.”
“We’re really pleased with the firepower we now have. I really like the look of Byron Harrison at the moment – when he gets on going, he looks a good player and young Mani Dieseruvwe came on and did well also.”
The arrival of Lavery on loan from Sheffield Wednesday came after top scorer Eoin Doyle left the club last week and the new man's debut was full of promise.
Cook said: “I think Lavery has shown us glimpses today of what he is about. You can see him on the shoulder of the defender, he is brave with how he plays, he is robust and he reminds us a little of a younger Wayne Rooney type of player.
"We’re really pleased for him. All in all, his endeavour earned him the goal.”