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Cook Has "Great Belief" In Rico

28 February 2013

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In light of the goal-scoring problems Chesterfield have faced in recent weeks, manager Paul Cook has moved to defend striker Marc Richards.

The former Port Vale man was one of the big summer signings after an impeccable record in front of goal for Vale.

The 30-year-old endured a frustrating start to his career at the Proact Stadium with injuries hampering his game-time.

Richards has shown the quality which attracted then manager John Sheridan to bring him to North Derbyshire. However, he hasn't found the net as regularly as he would have liked.

“Marc Richards was bought in at the start of the season as a marquee signing and it’s been stop-start for Marc," Paul Cook told members of the press at his pre-match press conference.

“A lot of our hopes are on Marc and we have great belief in Marc. Marc is a good player; at times he’ll need support like everybody else.

“Young Armand’s [Gnanduillet] come into the equations and he’s a torch and a shining light. But going forward for us, it’s quite plain to see where are problems are.  It’s good. Once we can solve our problems I’m sure we’ll be a better team."

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