Chesterfield: Spireites boss reflects on ‘special’ first half

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A delighted Paul Cook reflected on a ‘special’ first half display from his table-topping Spireites.

The Chesterfield boss watched on as his troops ripped Cheltenham Town apart in seven minutes.

Dan Gardner and Ollie Banks both got on the scoresheet on their return to the starting line up. Eoin Doyle and Liam Cooper netted during the Blues’ purple patch which took the stuffing out of the Robins.

Cook said: “We’ve had a lot of away games. We’ve had a lot of tough games. After Saturday, we got a lot of criticism.

“But you get used to it being the manager of Chesterfield. One week is different to the next.

“We were special first half. To come away from home and be as brave as we were in possession on the football pitch, the players deserve great credit.

“We had to dig in second half and they scored a poor goal from our point of view. Tommy [Lee] has made a couple of good saves.

“It was a good night for us. You always get a bit of stick when you get beaten.

“It’s how you bounce back and I keep saying the same things. I’ve got great faith in the players and you can easily see why.”

Cheltenham scored what proved to be little more than a consolation from a goalmouth scramble in the second half.

Mark Yates’s side piled on the pressure and Lee had to be at his best to make a handful of important stops, as Chesterfield edge two points ahead at the top of League Two.