Recipe for success is too late for Cook
FLEETWOOD ......1 CHESTERFIELD ..3
A DEVASTATED Paul Cook was left gutted as his Chesterfield side’s push for a play-off spot came too late – despite beating Fleetwood at Highbury.
Bradford City’s win over Burton Albion confirmed goals from Ivorian Armand Gnanduillet and a double from Marc Richards counted for little in the League Two run-in.
But Chesterfield boss Cook, who saw Andrew Mangan grab a consolation for the hosts, insists Spireites fans will get their reward and is determined to bring success to the club.
“I feel sick,” he said.“I’m absolutely devastated, I’ve never felt so sick after winning a game.When you don’t go up it’s not just a game that costs you. We’ve played loads of games where we should have got things and we haven’t, and that’s the disappointing thing.
“We are hugely disappointed, as the dust settles and with the season laid out before us it’s clear to see we’ve been inconsistent.
“On any given day we’re a good team, but overall the league table doesn’t lie.You need a little bit of luck along the way, but overall it doesn’t lie. I can guarantee our supporters one thing – it may not be today or tomorrow, or even with me as manager, but they’ll get the success they deserve.
“The club and board will not leave any stone unturned until the fans get the success they deserve. Our travelling support were different class again.”
Chesterfield struck twice late in the first half as substitute Gnanduillet headed home, before laying on Richards to volley his tenth of the season.
Richards grabbed his second after 64 minutes, before substitute Mangan clawed one back for the Cod Army four minutes later. And Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander admitted he will be dipping into the transfer market this summer, highlighting the inexperience that cost his dominant side.
“There won’t be an overhaul this summer, but you have to add a bit of quality and experience,” he said.
“We came up a level and it’s a jump, and we’ve been inconsistent, they were cheap goals to give away but that’s the harsh lesson of professional football.
“You can play as well as you want, but if you don’t take your chances and you give away poor goals you’re going to get beat.
“It was devastating going in at half-time because, apart from two minutes at the start of the game and two minutes before half-time, we dominated it.”
DOUBLE: Marc Richards