Spireites do Cook proud

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook was thrilled by his team's strong second-half display as they completed the double over Oxford.

Last Updated: 17/03/13 at 12:31

Paul Cook: Thrilled by narrow win

Paul Cook: Thrilled by narrow win

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

A goal in the fifth minute by recalled striker Marc Richards brought them a second successive win, and breathed new life into their faint hopes of making the play-offs.

But it needed a hard-working and determined second-half showing to earn the victory against an Oxford side that had won its previous two matches, and which dominated the first half after falling behind.

Cook said: "I thought we were in complete control in the second half. We offered Oxford very few attempts on goal, and I thought we might have nicked a second goal on the break. After initially starting well, and scoring, we sat back in the first half which invited pressure onto us.

"We weren't happy about that, so we had some good words with the players at half-time. I wasn't going mad at them, I just thought we needed to take the game to Oxford much more, and in the second half we did that, and it paid off.

"All of a sudden we're not conceding many goals, and we're winning matches."

For Cook, it was a contrast to his previous visit to the Kassam Stadium this season when he was boss of Accrington, and left licking his wounds after a 5-0 thrashing.

And he said he was delighted for Richards, who bagged his seventh goal of the season, with a well-taken strike across keeper Luke McCormick and into the bottom corner, from Richard Brindley's pass.

Cook said: "I'm made up for Marc. He never got in the Chesterfield line-up last week, today he did, he scored, we kept a clean sheet and we won.

"In the second half we played very well. It's a happy day, but I know that in football next week might not be so happy."

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

G

reat article. Hits the nail on the head. Encapsulates why I don't read tabloid newspapers anymore. The only thing worse is the 'told you so first' headline when they get lucky.

ianonabeach
Time To Burst The ITK Bubble

F

amous. If that can be achieved whilst sitting in your pants and without any degree of hard work, all the better. I have no desire to be famous, but the rest of that line suits me just fine. Great article by the way, well worth the wait.

hunter sanchez
Time To Burst The ITK Bubble

T

here seems to be little focus on the performance of Besiktas. They played very well and stopped Arsenal from playing. Credit has to go to their manager. As much as Arsenal didn't play too well, we kept a clean sheet, but the home side made it very difficult.

Geddy76
Chambers' Poise Impresses Again

Footer 365

Transfer news: Thomas Muller rejected approach from Manchester United

Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller has admitted to rejecting a lucrative offer to join Manchester United.

La Liga: Luka Modric signs new Real Madrid contract to stay until 2018

Real Madrid's Croatian playmaker Luka Modric has signed a new four-year contract with the Spanish giants.

Premier League: Hull midfielder Robert Snodgrass to miss six months with knee injury

Hull's summer signing Robert Snodgrass will be out for six months after dislocating a kneecap at the weekend.

Mail Box

Mailbox: Feeling Sorry For Poor TC23

If there's one loser in all the machinations at Man United, it's poor TC23. We have mercifully few mails on United, but lots on Arsenal and in particular Olivier Giroud...

Dear Brendan, Please Sign Di Maria

That's the request to Brendan Rodgers in the mailbox, and not just because it would annoy Man United fans. Plus, more thoughts on why Arsenal didn't want Cescy back...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property