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League Two

Cook keeps Spireites grounded

21 December 2013

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook said he was not getting carried away after watching his side return to the top of Sky Bet League Two with a 2-0 win at Exeter.

Ollie Banks set the Spireites on their way by heading in from a corner just two minutes after half-time and Marc Richards crowned the win with a fine second.

"It was all about winning and I'm so delighted that we are top of the league," Cook said.

"We pushed Exeter really hard in the second half and had that little bit of quality in the final third.

"It is nice to put pressure on the clubs around us, but we are only 21 games in and no-one is getting carried away.

"We have got great players at this club, but we are not going to win every game.

"But we can go into Christmas looking forward to two home games and confident we can build on this result.

"We were top a few weeks ago, we fell away a little bit in terms of where we are, but we are back at the top again.

"When you are top it is a great occasion, but it is only 21 games in and no-one is getting carried away.

"I am pleased for our team, we have great players at the club but we are not going to win every game. Chelsea don't win every game, we seem to get more criticism than any team around us when we get beaten.

"Exeter didn't really create many chances and we saw it out well."

Exeter manager Paul Tisdale lamented his side's inability to defend set-pieces, which proved costly against Chesterfield and in previous home games against Bury and Burton.

"I'm disappointed with the result and very disappointed to concede a corner a minute after half-time," Tisdale said.

"That is three out of the last four games now, so there is something concentration-wise and there is some mental toughness we have to address.

"We have been very good at defending them for the past 12 months, but it has been recently and they are all goals when the game is 0-0 or 1-1, so I'm very disappointed about that.

"I was very happy with the way we played in the first half, everyone contributed and we looked a really fluid team and tough.

"We moved the ball about in awful conditions, we didn't make all the right passes, but then, a minute after half-time, it all counts for nothing if you don't do your job.

"It is something for me to address and the rest of it then becomes frustrating and because we are losing, people focus on the things we did wrong.

"We didn't take our moments in the first half when we had four or five opportunities in and around their box, but they didn't really amount to anything."

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