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Cook: "I'll always back our players"

15 March 2015

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Chesterfield fell to a 3-2 home defeat to Coventry City on Saturday and after the match manager Paul Cook gave his thoughts.

After Jay O'Shea had equalised Marcus Tudgay's earlier Sky Blues opener, goals from Sanmi Odelusi and Frank Nouble gave the visitors an advantage that the Spireites were never able to haul back.

Cook looked to individual errors for Coventry's second and third goals, but explained they are a danger of his side's positive style of football.

"We were getting into the ascendancy in the game and then we shot ourselves in the foot," he said. "We want to encourage passing play and when it goes wrong now and again you must come out and back your players - and I'll always be like that as a manager.

"It's so important thet people are allowed to make mistakes and today every time we looked to get a foothold in the game we went on the backfoot again - and that's the problem when you give goals away, you give teams momentum.

"Fair play to Coventry, they had great support today. They're one of my old clubs, they have a fantastic result today, but it's so disappointing for us."

A late Gboly Ariyibi goal gave the hosts hope, and the teenager's first goal in the professional game was well received by his manager.

Cook said: "Great goal, great finish. He's an exciting talent and the important thing for the future of our club is now to make small strides. The education of players at this club becomes paramount.

"The thing our lads do, they never lack effort on the pitch, that's for sure."

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