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League Two

Cook: We look league leaders

12 October 2013

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook insisted his side looked every bit league leaders despite being pegged back late on in their 1-1 draw at promotion rivals Fleetwood.

Jon Parkin's late strike cancelled out Liam Cooper's opener to keep the Spireites one point ahead of Town at the top of League Two.

Cook said: "We go away pleased. We look league leaders.

"We looked classy at times, we passed the ball, made some good chances.

"As disappointed as we are we're really pleased with where we are."

But the Chesterfield boss also gave credit to Graham Alexander's Fleetwood side, who battled hard to earn their point.

He said: "Fair play to Fleetwood. It's hard to manage when you've got (Jamille) Matt, (Jon) Parkin and (David) Ball

"They threw everything forward.

"You've got to respect the fact they are a good side.

"But over the 90 minutes we were probably the better team and deserved at least a point if not all three.

"They put on the pressure and probably deserved a goal from it."

Town bossed the opening exchanges but struggled to create chances, Cook's men gradually growing in confidence and causing all sorts of bother for their hosts.

Eoin Doyle and Tendayi Darikwa were especially lively while Fleetwood centre-back Ryan Cresswell was called upon to produce some big headers to stop the visitors taking advantage.

The home side thought they were ahead just before the break when Nathan Pond tapped in at the back post but the assistant's flag was raised.

After the break Chesterfield asserted themselves and took the lead from a set piece, Ritchie Humpreys' corner flicked on at the near post for Cooper to apply the final touch.

Town should have found a way back when Antoni Sarcevic tumbled under the challenge of Ian Evatt but Jeff Hughes could only blaze the resulting penalty over the crossbar.

A late rally saw Town haul themselves back into it and, with one minute left, Parkin popped up at the back post to hammer home after Hughes had flicked on Junior Brown's cross.

Cod Army boss Alexander believes his side could have taken more from the match.

"I'm content with that," he said. "It was a tough game and it was hard to go 1-0 down.

"But we've shown great character. We deserved the goal, no doubt.

"It's just a shame it didn't come earlier and we could have gone on and looked for a win.

"It was the top two in the league and neither wanted to get beaten.

"It sometimes takes a goal to open up the game and that's certainly what happened."

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