Spireites boss Paul Cook couldn't contain his delight after Chesterfield ran out 2-0 winners over Exeter City on Friday night at St James Park.The result meant Cook's side returned to the top of the Sky Bet League 2 table going into Saturday's fixtures and have every chance of remaining at the top of the pile over Christmas.
Speaking to Spireites Player after the game, the manager explained: “We’ve had opportunities to go top and put pressure on teams around us. We let that chance go against Northampton at home and Newport Away.
“We wanted to win tonight, we were desperate to win tonight to go into those two home games at Christmas in a good position.”
Since being knocked out of the FA Cup at home to Southend United, Chesterfield have advanced to the area finals of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy by defeating Oldham at Boundary Park and have achieved back-to-back league wins against Plymouth Argyle and Exeter City.
“The work ethic of the group since the Southend game going into Oldham, Plymouth and tonight, it’s answered a lot of questions," said Cook before adding: “It wasn’t pretty at times, the last two games haven’t been pretty. We’ve left a couple of flair players out to try and have a little more desire to win the game.
“It’s a long journey and we’re doing okay again. We’re back on the rails where we want to be. What we need when we do have a little blip is support. There’s a long, long road ahead, there’s a lot of games to play and there’s a lot more points but we’re going to enjoy our trip home tonight.”
As 2013 draws to a close, the Liverpudlian took time to reflect on the Spireites' year and the progression the club has made. He said: “It’s been a great year for my. I’m really proud to be manager of Chesterfield, I feel like we’ve evolved as a club.
“Off the pitch, the chief executive, the chairman, the board of directors are putting a lot of effort in. Our support at times is nothing short of amazing. The chairman needs that support and we need it.”
“I guarantee, the staff, the players, we work very hard at this club. We don’t cut corners and we want to deliver success for everyone. Hopefully one day soon we might be sitting somewhere with that success.”
To watch the full post match interview, log on to Spireites Player.