Chesterfield boss Paul Cook delighted to end winless run with victory over Northampton Town

NDET 12-1-13 MC 53'Chesterfield FC V Northampton Town Cook
NDET 12-1-13 MC 53'Chesterfield FC V Northampton Town Cook

Paul Cook was delighted to end a run of three games without a win after a 3-0 defeat of Northampton.

Chesterfield raced into a three goal lead in eight first half minutes through Jay O’Shea and a double from Marc Richards.

Northampton tried in vein to claw their way back in to the game and came close when Chris Hackett hit the upright.

But it was the Spireites’ day and Cook was pleased to get back to winning ways.

He said: “We are delighted. It’s been a long week after defeats to Accrington and Wycombe.

“We’re a club that expect to win football games and we’ve worked hard all week on how we want to effect the game, in terms of how we play and what Northampton will bring.

“The lads were a credit today. We had loads of good players, loads of good performances and it was a very good win against a very good side.

“Northampton posed a threat for the full 90 minutes, it was never a case when we felt comfortable on the sidelines.”

Aidy Boothroyd’s Cobblers came out fighting after a disappointing first period but were unable to find a way past the Spireites defence, which saw the return of centre-half Neal Trotman for the injured Drew Talbot.

And Cook had special praise for the man he recently placed on the transfer list.

“I thought Neal Trotman was absolutely magnificent today,” he added.

“For a transfer-listed player to come in and deliver that level of performance, I think he deserves a big pat on the back.

“Going on the transfer list doesn’t mean you don’t play for the club.”

Chesterfield remain 11th following the win - just one point behind Southend in seventh - ahead of the trip to Torquay next Saturday.

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For more on the Spireites see next week’s Derbyshire Times - out Thursday!