SPIREITES: Chesterfield FC boss Paul Cook relishing League One challenge

Chesterfield vs Swindon - Paul Cook watching his chesterfield side fall to a third straight league defeat - Pic By James Williamson
Chesterfield vs Swindon - Paul Cook watching his chesterfield side fall to a third straight league defeat - Pic By James Williamson
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Chesterfield manager Paul Cook says his side are up for the challenges of life in League One.

The Spireites were looking to end the month as they started it with a home win on Tuesday night but came up against a clinical Swindon Town outfit.

A 3-0 defeat to Mark Cooper’s Robins at the Proact Stadium was Chesterfield’s third consecutive loss and left Cook’s side with just one win from nine.

“We want to win games, we’re aware we’re not on a good run. We’ve come in to a tough division, we know it’s going to be a tough season but we’re well up for that challenge,” said Cook.

“Good clubs have ups and downs and tonight (Tuesday) we’ve come up against an excellent Swindon side. I take my hat off to them because that’s the way the game should be played.”

Chesterfield were quick out of the blocks in front of 6,144 at a rain-soaked Proact but fell behind to Yaser Kasim’s thunderous free-kick from distance.

Swindon soon doubled their lead when Nathan Byrne, who was a thorn in Spireites’ side all evening, tricked his way in to a shooting position and lashed a shot from the edge of the box.

Andy Williams finished the scoring in a game which saw Chesterfield skipper Ian Evatt pick up a fifth yellow card of the season - he will miss Saturday’s home match with Yeovil Town.

Cook was quick to compliment Swindon following the game and labelled them the best team his Spireites side have come up against at the Proact this campaign.

“Goals gave them more confidence and took the confidence out of our lads,” he said. “But we keep working hard at it because to be a progressive club sometimes you have to take a step backwards.

“We’ve had a bad night in terms of the result but certainly not in the endeavour of our players. Our players got a clap off from our fans for how hard they’ve worked.”