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Cook: "Good Teams Score Late Goals"

7 January 2015

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Spireites manager Paul Cook praised his side’s fitness levels as they came from two goals down to earn a FA Cup replay against Scunthorpe United last night.

Chesterfield initially found themselves two-nil down at half-time following goals from Alex Davey and Lyle Taylor, but an Eoin Doyle penalty and a late Jay O’Shea strike completed a stunning comeback for the Spireites. 

Cook said: “My players are brilliant. I see my lads come in of a morning, do the gym work, go to training, do the fitness, do the nutrition. 

“I know when it gets to later stages of games we are going to keep going. We are fit.”

Although Cook’s side did have to come from behind, the manager explained how good it is that his side are scoring late goals.

“Good teams score late goals. We only needed to get one to give our supporters a massive lift, and that engaged us then to get home. The only disappointing thing tonight is that we felt we deserved more than we got.

The boss also saved special praise for the fans, especially the 1,663 who travelled in their numbers to Lincolnshire.

Cook said: “The supporters have big belief in us at the minute, and the second half performance has justified that, and they’ll go back to Chesterfield happy.

“You represent your club as a manager and you’re always proud of your team no matter what. If I can’t stand up for them then no one can.” 

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