Chesterfield manager Paul Cook believes his squad needs to be more ruthless in front of goal in order to put tough opponents to the sword.Speaking ahead of the FA Cup tie against Southend United on Saturday, the gaffer believes it's not as simple as just changing formation. He said: “I think formations are overrated, it’s about players and we’re looking to get more players forward no matter what formation we come up with.
“We need to score more goals. We’ve got to get more men in the box and carry more of a threat. It will result in leading to more chances against but so be it.
Referring to Chesterfield's 3-2 defeat at the hands of Newport County at Rodney Parade on Sunday, Cook explained that there were many positives to be taken from the game despite the result.
“Sunday we’ve created a lot of chances, we’ve created good chances. I don’t think there was too much wrong with the performance," said the Liverpudlian.
“By the time I’ve watched the DVD of the game and had time to reflect, I’m not so sure our players could have done anything different to win that game.
“Their manager was very complimentary after the game to us and I think that’s important: The difficulties we caused them, how they changed their shape just to stop us playing and that’s something we’ve got to live with.”
Looking forward to the FA Cup tie against the Shrimpers, the Chesterfield boss was quick to acknowledge the challenge of the Essex side. He explained: “I think Southend are a very strong side, they’ve got some really good players. To be fair to the manager, he sets them up very, very well.
“They’re a good side. I do think that come the end of the season they will be in the shake-up for promotion. We’ve got our hands full on Saturday but it’s a game we’re very much looking forward to.
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