Spireites: Chesterfield boss calls for calm heads after Stags stalemate

Spireites Manager Paul Cook on the touchline by Tina Jenner Chesterfield v Dagenham and Redbridge
Spireites Manager Paul Cook on the touchline by Tina Jenner Chesterfield v Dagenham and Redbridge

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook believed a draw was a fair result as his side shared the spoils with rivals Mansfield Town in the derby.

Opportunities fell to either side in an absorbing, competitive grudge match at Field Mill where both teams threw caution to the wind.

Marc Richards spurned Spireites’ best chance early on while Ollie Palmer should have snatched all three points for Stags at the death.

It is one win in six now for Chesterfield, who reclaimed top spot in League Two, albeit for a few hours, with seven games remaining.

Cook said: “I think it was a fair result. If we would have lost, we would have gone home devastated today.

“Final league tables are the most important one, it’s another point towards where we want to be.

“The games chalk down now and if we can get a few wins here and there we must get over that line.

“The targets have been there all season. Everyone feels it a little more now because we’re getting near.

“The support is good, the players want it badly - we all want it as a football club - I think we need to keep steady heads.”

A flurry of substitutions from both benches opened the game up as both sides went for the jugular in the second half.

“Every Mansfield attack looked to be dangerous. There were too many balls bouncing around in the middle of the pitch,” said Cook.

“We lost our shape a little bit through the substitutions but we were always trying to win the game.

“To win the game you want to get all your attacking players on the pitch. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.”

The Spireites’ on loan winger Daniel Kearns started his first game for the club after impressing from the bench midweek at Home Park.

While Mason Bennett, another on loan forward, was brought on at half-time in place of Ollie Banks behind the lone striker, Richards.

Cook added: “I think he looked lively. Sometimes it’s hard to fit him in but he’s forcing his way in. He looks a threat down the middle of the pitch.

“The lad looks hot, he looks like he’s got that yard of pace and he’ll create chances so it is something we must look at.”

Rochdale moved three points ahead of third-placed Chesterfield after a 2-0 win at Wycombe Wanderers. Scunthorpe United, in second, beat Burton Albion 1-0.

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