Recipe for success is too late for Cook

FLEET­WOOD ......1 CH­ESTER­FIELD ..3

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Alex Bysouth

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

AR­MAND GNANDUILLE

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