Argyle were hard done by, says Spireites boss
CHESTERFIELD manager Paul Cook had sympathy for his under-pressure Argyle counterpart Carl Fletcher after the Spireites' 1-0 win at Home Park on Saturday.
Cook admitted the Pilgrims were 'hard done by' and thought Fletcher could be 'proud' of his players' performance.
For Chesterfield, it was their third consecutive victory and came after a 4-1 home drubbing of Cheltenham Town last Tuesday.
Cook said: "We are delighted. Three points in this league for any team on any day is always a great achievement."
However, Cook conceded Chesterfield had been some way short of their best.
He said: "We weren't good in the game. We never really moved the ball as well as we did against Cheltenham the other night.
"But we certainly had no lack of commitment and effort, and that was the pleasing thing on Saturday, because Plymouth were good value for a point.
"Make no bones about it, Plymouth were very hard done by, and we accept that, but that happens in football.
"We will go along and have the rub of the green against us, and when it comes you must accept it and move on.
"Over a period of time, I'm a great believer that results level out and the harder you work the luckier you get."
Cook made a tactical switch in the 62nd minute when he sent on experienced striker Jack Lester.
Chesterfield went from a 4-2-3-1 formation to 4-4-2 with Lester pushed into their attack with Marc Richards.
That paid off four minutes later when Lester set up Richards to shoot the Spireites into the lead.
Cook said: "Plymouth put us under immense. We couldn't get our passing game going, hence why we went 4-4-2 when it was 0-0 to try to win the game.
"We are a team that want to be able to change formations and have good options.
"On Saturday it worked, another day soon it won't work. We aren't stupid enough to think I'm a tactical genius. I'm not.
"What we do is we watch a game, we evaluate it as it's going on and we make decisions because we think they are right."
Argyle had plenty of possession and created some good chances but could not turn that into goals.
Cook said: "We never got going in any shape or form. We never had the fluency that I want us to play with.
"You must give credit to Plymouth. They worked their socks off and gave their manager everything.
"I think Carl (Fletcher) can be proud of the way his team played.
"I know as a manager when your players give you everything you don't have a problem."