PARTY TIME FOR COOK
Boss leads Chesterfield to the title with win over Cod Army
PAUL Cook has mastered his winning recipe at Chesterfield, and the Spireites boss says sealing the League Two title was his “best day in football”.
Cook’s troops secured top spot after coming from behind to beat Fleetwood .
It had looked like the visitors would spoil the title party after Matty Blair spun well to fire the visitors ahead on 13 minutes.
But second-half goals from Sam Hird on 51 minutes and League Two’s player of the year Gary Roberts on 55 minutes was enough to wrap up a memorable title win for Cook’s men.
“Days like this is what football is all about,”said a delighted Cook. “This is the best day I have had in football by a mile.
“Winning the title is great credit to the players and all the staff who support me as a manager. I am very proud of them all.
“After we lost at Wembley in the JPT final we set ourselves the challenge of winning the title. Since then we have remained unbeaten and the players deserve all the praise.
“It is fitting that Gary Roberts scored the goal that clinched the title. This club is lucky to have a player of his quality.
”We are going to Benidorm now and will spend three days drinking and having some time together away from football.
“We will then start to think about next year and what we can do in League One.”
Fleetwood, who will now face-York City in the play-offs, went ahead on 13 minutes when Blair scored his first goal for the club.
The impressive Josh Morris then fired wide from 25 yards after good build up play between Blair and Jon Parkin had created a half chance on 24 minutes.
Jay O’Shea had a freekick blocked before Jimmy Ryan fired the rebound wide on 40 minutes as Chesterfield pressed for the equaliser.
Fleetwood, who had made five changes, should have doubled their lead two minutes later when Gareth Evans found plenty of space as the visitors poured forward on the counter attack. But Evans ignored options to pass and instead fired his shot wide with the aid of a deflection.
It proved to be a costly miss when Hird headed home O’Shea’s perfect cross from close range to equalise on 51 minutes.
Chris Maxwell did well to turn away a thunderous long-range strike from Ryan for a corner two minutes later as the home side cranked up the pressure. But from the resulting corner Roberts curled an unstoppable leftfooted effort past Maxwell to put Chesterfield back on top of the table.
Tommy Lee saved Liam Hogan’s ambitious 30 yard effort at full stretch on 67 minutes as shellshocked Fleetwood looked for the equaliser.
Nathan Smith saw his effort blocked on 74 minutes before Roberts curled a shot just over the bar on 81 minutes as Chesterfield comfortably saw out the game.
It was a result that left Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander disappointed.
“We controlled how we played and how they played during the first half and were looking good,” he said.
“We had a great chance to go 2-0 up before half time, if we had taken it then we could have picked them off in the second-half.
“We conceded two poor goals, the first one was especially poor. Everyone has a job to do and we need to defend better at set pieces.
“Every player has a job to do and they need to do their it.
“Conceding those two goals were a bitter blow and it was tough to get back into the game after that.
“We have got our own priorities next week. York have been on a fantastic run, they are hard to beat and good defensively, but we have got plenty of good qualities and it is all about what we do. York are a good team. We have two very tough games ahead.”
BUBBLING: Gary Roberts, right, and Nathan Smith celebrate after winning the title
CHAMPIONS: Chesterfield celebrate as captain Ian Evatt lifts the trophy STAR MAN NATHA
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