Chesterfield: Cooks looks forward after fourth defeat

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Spireites boss Paul Cook looked back at the narrow League One defeat at Rochdale and declared the season is far from over.

Cook said: “The games get chalked off quickly and there is still plenty to play for. We never came under great pressure in the game at all and it was always a little bit flat.

“I thought that in the first half we looked the better side and felt we could go on and win, but we are just not penetrating in the box at the minute.

“Whatever we offer at the minute does not seem to be enough.

“It is an important time for us in the next couple of games and it is going to be huge to everyone.

“We are not stupid people, we know that, but you have to keep believing in what you are doing.

“ It is easy to come up with excuses as to why but I will never be one for that.”

He concluded: “Unfortunately nothing seems to be working,

“I will look to give everyone a lift before the Fleetwood Town game, but the margins in football are so small.

“There was nothing in the game at Rochdale, but we now have to move on to the next one.”

Cook will hope to welcome Dan Gardner back to training this week after an ankle injury.

Chesterfield have now suffered four consecutive defeats.

Meanwhile, Burnley’s Ashley Barnes will face no disciplinary action for his challenge on Nemanja Matic, the Football Association has confirmed. Barnes put in a full-blooded tackle on the Blues midfielder during Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.