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Cook: "We're In a Good Place."

22 August 2013

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Chesterfield manager, Paul Cook, believes he has selection headaches for all the right reasons going into Saturday's game against Southend.

The Spireites boss acknowledged the challenge that the Essex side pose in his pre match conference on Thursday afternoon. He said: “They’re a strong club, they’ve got good players right through the team. They’ve got a couple of injuries but they’re still bringing quality into the team.

“Phil’s [Brown] a very experienced manager, he knows the game inside out. They’ve got strong support staff down there and it’ll be a really difficult game.”

Despite the strength of Southend, Cook is very much looking forward to the fixture and believes Chesterfield have every chance of winning the game. “We’re well aware of what Southend can do. More importantly, we’re looking towards a big crowd on Saturday and us playing really well and winning the game," said the manager.

He added: “I’m looking forward to the game, I feel we’re in a good place. I’ve got selection headaches all for the right reasons.

“Do I think Southend will be up there at the end of the year? Yeah, definitely. Do I think we will? Yes, definitely as well.”

Spireites midfielder, Gary Roberts, was taken off after netting the equaliser against Rochdale last weekend and is a doubt for Saturday's game. The gaffer said: “We’re a little bit worried about Gary at the minute as he hasn’t trained since the Rochdale game. If you don’t train in the week it affects you in the end on a Saturday.

“We’re having it fully investigated as we speak. What we don’t want is lads playing while they’re injured. It’s not fair, one on the player and two on the supporters," added Cook.

To watch the conference in full, log on to Spireites Player.

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