LAVERY’S A NEW ROO SAYS COOK
CHESTERFIELD boss Paul Cook says new loan signing Caolan Lavery can help ease the pain of Eoin Doyle’s departure after his freak debut goal prolonged Notts County’s miserable run at Meadow Lane.
Lavery struck in the 67th minute when a clearance from Haydn Hollis hit his shoulder and looped over goalkeeper Roy Carroll.
It was enough to settle a frenetic derby as the Spireites’ play-off hopes continue to gather momentum.
And a delighted Cook said on-loan Sheffield Wednesday striker Lavery, signed to replace Doyle who joined Cardiff earlier in the week, impressed on his first outing.
“Caoloan has shown us what he is about. He plays on the shoulder, he’s brave and he’s very robust,” he said.
“He reminds me of a younger Wayne Rooney. I’m really pleased for him because he was blowing a bit at the end.
“He’s come to us to play game and get match fitness, but his endeavour got him the goal.
“But overall I thought we played very well in terms of the parts of the game we are not really good at which is being scruffy, being dogged and doing the right thing.
“It was a difficult pitch to play on and Notts County are a good team.
“Shaun Derry has done a really good job here to be fair.
“But what happens is you win a lot of games early and then, sometimes, when you have a little run that we all have, it can go against you.
“Their boy had a chance in the first half and if it’s 1-0 then, it’s a different game.”
Defeat against the Spireites was Notts’ eighth on home soil and their form at the Lane is in stark contrast to that on the road.
Derry said he was happy with the first-half performance but rued the fact his side couldn’t maintain it.
“I asked for a response from Oldham and they gave me aggression, determination and quality in the first 45 minutes,” he said.
“We can only play one way with the players we have at our disposal.
“I have to find a way of affecting football matches and in the first half we did it to a tee.
“We created some good chances and we’ve missed one which if you score alters the course of the game completely.
“The problem was we couldn’t maintain that level of performance.
“We found it difficult once again to play at home, we struggled to create chances and by the minute in the second half you could hear the frustrations.
“It disappointed me if I am honest because we are seven points off the play-offs.
“I think when we had the start we had earlier in the season, when we rose to fourth in the table, people got too carried away.
“But we are where we are. It’s a tough run and Chesterfield’s goal probably summed up the luck at the moment.”
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