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

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

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."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

L

oved the article. i remember at school, after failing an exam, I would become obscenely secretly happy if I discover that others failed as well. Misery loves company...Now here is to hoping Chelsea joins the party and Stoke city wins the league...Cheers!

gabu
The Premier League: As Crazy As A Bag Of Snakes

C

haos reached its ultimate reckoning last weekend with Tony Hibbert looking assured at left back and Osman looking like a cultured ball playing midfielder before busting a gut to get to the back post for a Samuel Eto'o ball. Different chaos but chaos. If Kone scores the winner tonight I fear the world will end.

jelasfirsttouch
The Premier League: As Crazy As A Bag Of Snakes

A

beautiful demonstration of why stats mean diddly-squat in football.

cheshire-gooner
WhoScored's PL Team Of 2014 So Far...

Footer 365

Brandao jailed over headbutt on Motta

Brazilian striker Brandao jailed and fined 20,000 euros (£15,850) for headbutting Paris Saint-Germain's Thiago Motta.

Jack Wilshere has had ankle surgery and the Arsenal man will be out for around three months

Arsenal will be without Jack Wilshere for around three months after the midfielder underwent ankle surgery.

International football: England up seven places in latest FIFA rankings

England have jumped seven places to 13th place in the latest FIFA rankings following a six-match winning run.

Mail Box

Arsenal Fans Are Full Of Hope Again...

Arsenal fans have been sucked back into believing Wenger can bring the glory years back after beating Borussia Dortmund. Plus, more on Liverpool's worrying decline...

Makes Sense To Make Gerrard Liverpool Manager

That's the thoughts of one Mailboxer, who wants Jamie Carragher as defensive coach. Plus views on Arsenal, Malmo v Juventus, Alexis Sanchez & tremendous improvement...

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