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Paul Cook craves Chesterfield cutting edge

12 March 2014

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook admitted his side are suffering from a lack of cutting edge after drawing 1-1 with AFC Wimbledon.

George Francomb's first league goal for the Dons put the hosts ahead after 50 minutes b ut Ollie Banks struck his eighth goal of the season shortly afterwards to keep the Spireites top of Sky Bet League 2, despite extending their winless run to three games.

"If you watch us regularly the biggest criticism you'd have is that cutting edge," said Cook. "That's been the same all season and it will continue to be until the season ends.

"To have a cutting edge and be good defensively you have to be some side. We concentrate on passing the ball and trying to retain the ball and I think we're quite good at it.

"AFC Wimbledon worked very hard. You see the effort they put in, they won't have any problems. I'm sure they'll grow and get stronger and stronger.

"It was a great goal by Ollie Banks but I didn't think we deserved to be one-down. I didn't think Wimbledon offered us many threats against in the second half, and that's not being disrespectful. It was more a case of would we score again but we never did. We're now looking forward to a big end to the season."

After a goalless first half the deadlock was broken when former Norwich midfielder Francomb curled a fine shot from the edge of the area past Chesterfield goalkeeper Tommy Lee.

But five minutes later Cook's men were level when Ross Worner let Jimmy Ryan's cross slip from his grasp and Banks pounced to slot home.

AFC Wimbledon first-team coach Simon Bassey was pleased to see a response following Saturday's home defeat to York.

He said: "We were disappointed with the work ethic and the energy levels of the team at the weekend.

"We've got now the best squad we've ever had at this football club and the performance wasn't good enough for a lot of them on Saturday.

"We sat down and went through the video and the gaffer (Neal Ardley) has gone away and changed the shape.

"We worked on it and, against the best team in the league by a long way in my book, we've given a really, really good account of ourselves.

"They're a good team and if you open yourselves up against them they'll kill you on the break.

"We were compact and hard-working but we still offered a threat with Kevin [Sainte-Luce] and George [Francomb] carrying us down the pitch.

"I thought Danny Hylton had a really good game for us, his work rate was first class.

"We've made some significant changes and they've all done well. No one gets singled out for criticism, we're all in it together."

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