Chesterfield: ‘Players deserve a pat on the back’ - Cook

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Chesterfield manager Paul Cook said his players deserve a ‘big pat on the back’ following Tuesday night’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy northern area final first leg against Fleetwood Town.

Spireites lead the tie 3-1 thanks to goals from Ian Evatt, Sam Morsy and Jimmy Ryan to take an advantage into the second leg at the Proact Stadium.

The all important clash will take place in Chesterfield the week of Monday, February 17 although an actual date has yet to be decided.

And Cook said it’s a “great position to be in. We couldn’t have asked for more than that.

“We won’t go away shouting from the rooftops, you can see at the end of the game the celebrations were all very subdued.

“We try and have a bit of class at our club. We haven’t got to Wembley yet - there’s a long way to go.”

The tie at the Highbury Stadium could have taken a very different path as Fleetwood had two goals disallowed in the first half for offside - one of which came within the first five minutes - as Chesterfield had to weather the storm.

“We dug in and players deserve a big pat on the back because when you’re a passing team, and you’re trying to play and we don’t have much physicality in the team, the conditions weren’t suited for that.

“We were up against it for long, long spells but we’ve come away with a victory,” added Cook.