Chesterfield: Paul Cook delighted to see Spireites show their true form

Caolan Lavery celebrates his goal which gave Chesterfield all three points at stadium:mk - Pic By James Williamson
Caolan Lavery celebrates his goal which gave Chesterfield all three points at stadium:mk - Pic By James Williamson
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Chesterfield manager Paul Cook says his team’s peformance away to MK Dons on Tuesday night will have onlookers wondering how they managed to lose four games on the bounce before seeing off Fleetwood on Saturday.

After turning round a one goal deficit, scored by ex-Owls loanee Lewis Baker in his first start for MK Dons, Gary Roberts and, in the last minute, Caolan Lavery scored to keep Spireites in seventh, just a point behind Doncaster Rovers who suffered at the hands of a last gasp Preston goal at Deepdale.

The Spireites boss said: “We played well. It comes towards the end of the season and everyone gets agitated when we’ve just gone four losing games on the bounce but if you looked at us at MK Dons, you’d wonder how that could happen to a team like us.

“We went there to give a disciplined performance out of possession and create chances when we were in possession, and I thought we did all that.”

Indeed in the three trips to Dons this term, two in the FA Cup tie after the original 1-0 win was ordered to be restaged and the result was repeated, have seen Karl Robinson’s side, League One’s top scorers, only manage a total of five shots on target in 270 minutes of play, a remarkable achievement by Spireites.

Cook added: “In the first half we were only done by a wonder strike.

“We went in 1-0 down and I had a little pop at the lads. We lost our heads because we stopped believing that we were going to win.

“That’s something we’ve still got to learn, we’ve got a lot of young players at our club and they were a great credit to everyone at the club on Tuesday. I want this club to have a philosophy in football and how we want to play and I want the supporters to buy into that.

“I believe in playing football and passing it. The winning goal was a perfect example late on, good passing and movement, good delivery, a great finish by Lavery and he’s over to celebrate with our supporters.”

Spireites have no match this weekend due to Bradford City being involved in the FA Cup. Next up are Coventry City at the Proact Stadium on March 14.