Spireites: Chesterfield FC boss Paul Cook praises battling spirit after Coventry City draw

Spireites boss Paul Cook has praised his squad’s fighting spirit after the festive draw with Coventry.

Chesterfield grinded out a 0-0 draw at the Ricoh Arena on a day where the visitors failed to get in to their usual flowing stride.

Coventry vs Chesterfield - Paul cook keeping his players calm - Pic By James Williamson

Coventry vs Chesterfield - Paul cook keeping his players calm - Pic By James Williamson

But, despite the performance, Cook was delighted with the grit and determination shown by his troops.

“That was probably the worst we have played in a long time,” he said.

“It is great to come away with a point because we got our decisions wrong all over the park today and we were second best. Coventry are a good side with good players.

Match report: Coventry City 0 Chesterfield 0

“We did not pass the ball well in the middle of the park and could not get Gary Roberts involved.

“The squad was stretched and you have to dig in every now and again. We huffed and puffed today and worked hard, we deserved the point because of our workrate rather than our quality.”

The point leaves promoted Chesterfield seventh in League One and just one point behind Sheffield United in the last play-off place at the half-way stage of the season.

But Cook has vowed that his side will not get carried away with their impressive start as they fight to secure back-to-back promotions.

Said Cook:“We will just keep going, we will not look back or look forward. Football is a tough game and manager’s come under pressure in days rather than weeks and months now.

“Seventh is good now, but the season does not end at the end of December,

“Thanks to the fans, they have great throughout the year. It means a lot ot the lads, they make a big difference and it is really appreciated.

“We may be looked on as a small club, but in our minds we are the biggest club in the country.”