Chesterfield boss refuses to watch as National League play-off final goes to penalties

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook found the nerves to be too overwhelming in his side's National League play-off final as he retreated to the dressing room during their penalty shootout against Notts County. The promotion hopefuls suffered heartbreak after being beaten 5-3 on penalties at Wembley, and Cook reportedly wasn't present on the touchline as the dramatic final headed to penalties in a bizarre move from the boss.

Cook had watched his side go toe-to-toe with County, who had accumulated 107 points in a record-breaking season in the National League, and took them to extra-time as the two sides could not be separated after 120 minutes of pulsating action.

Andrew Dallas put the play-off hopefuls in front with a penalty after just six minutes and it took John Bostock until the 88th minute to find the equaliser after an error from Chesterfield goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimons.

In extra-time, the Spireties went ahead again through Armando Dobra before Ruben Rodrigues clinched another equaliser, and the game soon went to penalties to decide promotion to League Two.


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