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League Two

Work starts now - Cook

28 October 2012

Chesterfield's new manager Paul Cook has told his players they have a lot of hard work ahead of them after his first game in charge ended in defeat to Barnet who won away for the first time this season.

A 90th minute penalty by Mark Byrne clinched victory for Barnet who had goalkeeper Graham Stack to thank for a string of first-half saves but Cook summed up what he thought of his team's performance when asked what positives he could take from the game.

"None," he said. "I don't buy into that. If you are looking for positives, they don't exist for me. If we want to be successful, we will have to work a lot harder than we did. The harder you work, the luckier you get and that's the message I'll bring into the club.

"We will have a style of playing football that we will take out on the pitch. We will try and put teams to the sword and I thought we did that in the first half but in the second we seemed to go out without a tempo and you won't win football games without a good tempo. You must move the ball quickly and put quality into the box and we didn't do that."

Barnet manager Mark Robson admitted his team enjoyed the rub.

He said: "We rode our luck a little bit, particularly in the second half when we were put under a lot of pressure.

"It was one of those games where we have probably played miles better and lost so it's nice not to play so well and win. We defended stoutly and I thought the players were magnificent in their commitment, desire and passion and to help each other.

"They worked hard to help each other out, not just themselves, and it was a solid, solid performance.

"Stacky has made a few good saves and I think he will be the first to say he had a right to save them but the one where he dived down at the guy's feet and got smacked in the face was really brave.

"He's been superb for us in recent weeks and kept three clean sheets now and he's played a big part in the last three games."


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