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Cook On Rovers Trip

8 November 2012

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Chesterfield boss Paul Cook knows his side face a difficult task when they take on Bristol Rovers at the weekend.

The Gas go into the game on the back of three straight defeats in the league and Cook will no doubt be wanting to add another on Saturday.

The Spireites made it three consecutive clean sheets on the road with a 0-0 draw at Bradford on Tuesday night and despite not creating a great number of chances going forward, the manager is keeping faith with his players.

Speaking to the media ahead of the game, he said: "We'll line up the same [as Tuesday night] again on Saturday, I think the lads have certainly earned that right.

"For the likes of Scott Boden, Rands [Mark Randall] and [Danny] Whitaker, they certainly worked hard enough on Tuesday night, it wasn't a game where they could influence the game greatly and the easiest thing to do would be to say to them 'oh you haven't played well'.

"Their performance last Saturday at home has given them the right to play again. Certainly going forward we know we must improve on Tuesday's nights performance, it's something we accept, and they're certainly players that can do that for us.

"We can't always play attractive football, we're not always score goals but you must turn up. A supporter will always appreciate the ground you're going to, the team you're playing, the conditions and when they applaud you off it means they're happy with what they have seen.

"It doesn't mean you play great football and everything's fine it means you've given a level of performance that is acceptable and certainly at Bradford that was the case."

Chesterfield travel to pre-season promotion candidates Bristol Rovers on Saturday, a ground that Paul Cook knows can be difficult to come away from with a victory.

"I think certainly at the start of the season they [Bristol Rovers] were much people's, well certainly in a lot of people's mind, fancied to do well," Cook said on Saturday's opponents.

"They've obviously had a couple of really serious injuries to key players at the club which has affected them. Big injuires to players at a club will always affect you.

"Going there as a player and as a manager, it's a very difficult place to play football. The crowd are very hostile, they get behind the team and to come away with anything on Saturday we must perform."

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