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Cook: "It’ll Be A Competitive Game.”

Posted: Thu 29 Aug 2013
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Chesterfield manager, Paul Cook, believes Saturday's game against Portsmouth will be a highly competitive game and a great advert for League Two.

The Spireites travel to Fratton Park to take on League Two newcomers, Portsmouth this weekend and the gaffer is looking forward to the game. He said: “Portsmouth are a good side, they’ve got threats all over the pitch, they’ll be backed by ferocious support but we’ve got good players and we’re looking forward to the game.

“We want it to be a great advert for the league. We want to be speaking on Saturday night about a great game at Fratton Park.”

Though he acknowledged the challenge of Portsmouth, the 46-year-old feels the squad is completely prepared for the game. He said: “We’ve got our weekend full prepared, fully planned out. The players are in no doubt of how big a game it is because it’s the next one, it’s not because it’s Portsmouth.”

Cook hailed the Pompey support and believes it won't be long until the south coast side find themselves climbing the Football League ladder again. “They’ll go back up the leagues quickly, whether it’s this year or not remains to be seen but with the fan base they’ve got, the infrastructure they’ve got, they will move up the league," said the Chesterfield manager.

Saturday's game will be the Spireites' fifth of the Skybet League Two season and the manager has admitted that he is facing selection problems for all the right reasons. “We’ve had a couple of behind-closed-doors friendlies and the lads out of the team have been excellent, I couldn’t speak highly enough about them all.

“Eoin Doyle’s got five goals in a week, it’s very, very hard to keep him off the pitch at the minute," explained the Liverpudlian. 

Gary Roberts featured in last weekends victory over Southend United despite missing training in the week leading up to the game. This week, the midfielder has made a return to full training and the manager believes he will be on top form at Fratton Park.

“He’s trained this morning and he’ll train again tomorrow, which is the first time he’s trained before a game so hopefully we’ll see Gary Roberts at the full extent of how he can play rather than three quarters," said Cook.

To watch the full interview, log on to Spireites Player.