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League Two

Paul Cook praises Chesterfield character

12 April 2014

Paul Cook saluted his Chesterfield players as they homed in on automatic promotion following a 2-1 win at Hartlepool United.

The Spireites are five points ahead of fourth-placed Fleetwood with four games to go after coming from behind to win at Pools, who have now lost five games in a row.

After dropping two points in a flat home draw with Newport the previous week, victory in the North-East sets Cook's side up for a double Easter programme in which they could clinch a return to League One.

"It was a good performance, we played well,'' said Cook. "We keep getting knocks in football, things that set you back and we overcame them.

"We were up against a very good Hartlepool team, who have some really bright young players who will never lie down.

"I thought our character shone through, especially in the second half when we had the lead and had to withstand some pressure.

"Our midfield got a firm grip on it and, at this stage of the season, we are very pleased.

"Last week we dropped a point against Newport and people got very antagonised with the outcome, but it's about the end of the season and the top three are the three who deserve to be promoted.

"We want to be in there, of course we do, but so do five or six others. There's some way to go - four games and points to play for.''

Luke James put the home side in front on 25 minutes but the Spireites only trailed for five minutes, after defender Liam Cooper bundled the ball home from a corner.

The Spireites won it through striker Eoin Doyle, who took a deep cross-field ball, picked his spot and curled an effort beyond Andy Rafferty.

Pools boss Colin Cooper has seen his side drop from play-off hopefuls to an uneasy spot just three points outside the bottom two.

He said: "Neither side had chances. It's easy to be complimentary in victory and they were. They weren't looking forward to coming here. As pleased as they are, I'm as disappointed.

"Look at the two goals we conceded, they are goals we should not concede. We talk about set-pieces, and then concede from one. It's got to be classed as sloppy. The second the same.

"We take about intensity, not letting your man go goal side, and then go out and not allow it to happen.

"We have four games, I've seen the results, I see where we are and we need enough points to make sure we don't get dragged into it.

"It's about doing the basics well, we talk about football between the lines, but it's about the basics and having a positive outlook.''

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