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Hard Work Continues

28 February 2013

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Chesterfield manager Paul Cook says that putting the ball in the back of the net has been high on the list of priorities in training this week.

The Spireites' goalless draw with Aldershot Town in mid-week was the third consecutive game where Cook's men have failed to score.

The manager revealed that his players worked hard on goal-scoring on Thursday morning as they continue to try and eradicate the problem.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, he said: “One of the things I think people must respect is that it’s a tough, unforgiving league. If you’re at it, which we’re not at the minute, it’s difficult to get results.

“We not clicking at the minutes, we’re not scoring goals – which is the lifeblood of football – if you don’t score goals you don’t win games and we’re not scoring.

“I’m a great believer in the harder you work, the luckier you get. We’ve worked very hard this morning on, as you can imagine, putting the ball in the net."

The manager then jokingly added, “We’ve had a very enjoyable morning because we were doing it against no opposition. Hopefully come Saturday when Dagenham players appear, our habits will be good.”

Up next for Chesterfield is an away trip to Dagenham & Redbridge - who are under new management following the departure of long-serving manager John Still.

After a nine-year spell with the club Still had become part of the furniture at Dagenham & Redbridge before he left for non-league Luton Town.

Despite the chance, Cook is in no doubt of the tough task his team face.

He said: "Dagenham away for anybody is always a difficult game, it’s a difficult place to go and play. But it’s about us, how we prepare, and the mentality of our players and how we set up.

“One thing that’s been happening of late, there’s been too much chopping and changing of teams. Every week we seem to have different players coming in.

“You can’t keep on. We must get a settled formation, we must get some balance to our team in terms of finishing the season.

“It starts at Dagenham on Saturday. We’re going to try and play a certain way until the end of the season, if possible. That way will be two striker up front.”

Watch Paul Cook's press conference in full, only on Spireites Player.

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