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Cook: "It's a Great Day for us and for Ernie"

11 January 2015

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Chesterfield ran out 3-0 winners at home to Port Vale on Saturday, and manager Paul Cook was happy with what he saw.

A first half Armand Gnanduillet header was built on by second half goals from Eoin Doyle and a first Spireites goal from defender Charlie Raglan, and after the match Cook spoke with Spireites Player.

"We're pleased to get three points," said Cook. "It was a big game for us on Tuesday night and everything went really well for us in the latter stages of the game.

"Early on in the game today we were struggling to get going, but I thought the lads dug in and some of our passages of play were really good and our goals were good.

"Port Vale have been on a great run and it was a fantastic win for us today but it's a win, you get three points, and obviously we need to move on again."

With the games coming thick and fast and Scunthorpe United waiting to be hosted in the FA Cup third round Cook described the schedule for his Spireites before Tuesday.

He said: "We're going to give the lads a day off on Sunday. We normally bring them in when we have a game on the Tuesday, but they've been in a lot now and I think rest is more important than having them in and doing stuff.

"We'll let them get home and in their own beds and hopefully the result goes right on Tuesday night."

In the Port Vale match, midfielder Jimmy Ryan came through a 20 minute appearance from the bench, while Gary Roberts survived an awkward fall in the warm up.

"Jimmy looks alright," explained Cook. "He's got a hernia we think, but he's going to play on with it for a bit.

"Gary took a little knock before the game, but Gary likes little knocks - he likes a little bit of a cuddle on the bench - so we have to go through that with him.

"Gary's very durable and he always plays, he played well today."

The match took place on Ernie Moss Day, and Cook was pleased to get the club legend a special win on his special day.

He said: "It's a great day for us and for Ernie. It's been a very memorable day for him and I'm sure he'll take a DVD home with him, not just to watch the lads play but also to see all his family at the stadium.

"I have fond memories of his time playing for Chesterfield Football Club and today the supporters certainly showed how much he means to them."

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