The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Leigh Curtis

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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