Chesterfield: Paul Cook unhappy with year’s final performance

Paul Cook
Paul Cook

Spireites boss Paul Cook can look back on an extremely successful 2014 for his side.

A Wembley final in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, the League Two championship, four men in the PFA select side and Gary Roberts voted League Two Player of the Year and halfway through the team’s return to League One, his side sit in seventh spot, just one point off the play-off places.

However the former Coventry City player wasn’t at his happiest after the goalless draw at the Ricoh Arena, Chesterfield’s first meeting with the Sky Blues since 1961.

He said: “It’s probably as poor as we’ve played in a long time.

“But it’s great to come away with a point because we were second best all over the pitch.

“We got all our decisions wrong and things just didn’t go right for us.

“We huffed and puffed but it’s good to take any point away from home.”

Chesterfield’s next match is the game no-one wanted, the ‘replay’ with MK Dons in the FA Cup second round.

A panel judged the game should be played again after the Spireites fielded on loan Georg Margreitter in the 1-0 win at stadium:mk, despite paperwork not being submitted to the Football Association to grant him permission to play in the tie.

Cook commented: “We should either be in round three and had our wrists slapped or chucked out for breaking the rules, I never saw a replay coming.

“We didn’t want it and Karl Robinson (MK Dons manager) didn’t want it either.”

Dons will be looking for a bounce back after losing 3-0 at home to Walsall on Sunday whilst the visitors will, for the first time this season, have a fully fit and available squad to select from, assuming Jimmy Ryan recovers from the knock that kept him out of the last two fixtures, something Cook expects.