Manager happy with performance

Manager happy with performance

Spireites manager Paul Cook was happy with his side’s performance, despite not being able to secure all three points, following the 2-2 draw against Southend United.

Laurence Maguire came close for the Spireites in the opening stages of the game, with a looping header that went just over the bar.

Jeff King opened the scoring in the ninth minute with a spectacular strike from distance, on the half volley, that flew into the top left corner.

Southend won a penalty when Scott Loach brought down Will Atkinson in the box. Sam Dalby stepped up, and put the ball away in the 53rdminute, despite Loach getting a hand to the ball.

The Spireites regained the lead in the 78th minute when a great cross from King found Miller in the box who glanced his header into the bottom left corner.

Southend levelled in the 88th minute when Spireites substitute Fraser Kerr put the ball into his own net when trying to deal with a cross.

Cook said: “Obviously very disappointed to lose the lead from a winning position. But I can’t ask any more out of the players.

“At some stages of the game we’d have probably took a point. Unfortunately, when you’re in the lead at such a late stage, it feels like you have dropped points.

“Whilst there is a tinge of disappointment around the stadium, our supporters were excellent again today.

“Everyone to a man gave everything and sometimes, like I said to the lads, you will always feel disappointed because it would have been such a great win.

“We’ll go away, we’ll assess everything as we always do, and we’ll look forward to the Boreham Wood game next week.”

Commenting on Joe Rowley’s performance, Cook added: “Joe has been outstanding in every game he has come on, so he’s actually screaming to get a start now.

“I think Joe will think, there’s not many fellas left at the club, so surely, I’ve got to start.”