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Cook Wants Players To Share Goal Burden

25 February 2013

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Spireites boss Paul Cook is looking for his players to ease the goal-scoring burden on his strikers by chipping in themselves.

Chesterfield have failed to find the net in their last two games and, like at Rotherham a fortnight ago, lost out to a solitary goal to Gillingham at the weekend.
Cook doesn't want the blame lying at players like Marc Richards and Jack Lester's door, insisting that his side need to do more as a team to score goals.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, he said: “Defensively we don’t do a lot wrong. We’re not happy with conceding from set-plays two consecutive weeks, but you work at that. You can work hard at things like that.

“Pre-that, I think we gave a goal away to Bobby Grant from 25/30 yards at Rochdale which was a bit of a decent goal. The last goal I can remember then is going back to possibly Southend at home, a breakaway with eight minutes to go from our possession.

“[Attacking-wise] Other people must step up to the plate. We must score goals; we must create chances and score goals. 

“It’s something we must do as a club, not heap pressure on one player. Of course players in them positions, his job is to score, we accept that. No team has one person and that’s it. Other people have to contribute.”

Aldershot Town head to the Proact Stadium in good form. Andy Scott has replaced Dean Holdsworth in the dugout and a 2-0 victory over Fleetwood Town in his first game made it no defeat in three for the Shots.

“There’s no such thing in this league as an easy game. I think the league table tells everybody that," Cook said when asked about the prospect of facing Aldershot.

“What we must do is prepare, which is what we’re doing, and set a team up to win the game because that’s the most important thing.

“Aldershot will have their agenda and we’ve certainly got ours, we just want to concentrate on ourselves. We respect Aldershot, they’re a good side with good players – like most other teams in the division.

“They’re coming here tomorrow night, not for us to pat them on the back and wish them good luck, they’re coming here to be beat."

Watch the manager's press conference in full only on Spireites Player.

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