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Cook satisfied with a point

Paul Cook was satisfied despite 10-man Hartlepool fighting back to deny Chesterfield in their 1-1 draw.

Chesterfield went ahead on the half-hour when Marc Richards crossed from the left and Tendayi Darikwa, coming in from the right wing, smashed a volley into the far corner of the Hartlepool net.

The visitors were level three minutes into the second half when James Poole was brought down by Sam Hird as he chased a long ball into the Chesterfield box and Matty Dolan tucked the penalty kick under Tommy Lee's dive into the corner of the net.

Hartlepool were reduced to 10 men in the 68th minute when Andy Monkhouse, booked earlier for diving, picked up a second yellow card for a foul on Drew Talbot.

Chesterfield threw on extra strikers as they pushed for a winning goal but Hartlepool held on and could even have won it in stoppage time when young striker Luke James forced a stop from Chesterfield goalkeeper Tommy Lee that was described as "a world class save".

Cook said: "I was pleased with the point. We weren't at our best in any shape or form, we went ahead but it was disappointing to concede a poor goal straight after half time from what was just a straight long ball down the middle, which led to us conceding the penalty.

"You have to respect the opposition, they played very brightly and are a good young team, but credit to our players, we weren't really at it but since going out of the FA Cup they have qualified for the JPT area final and are back on top of the League.

"It is a long long season but we move on. We are back in on Friday to prepare for Sunday."