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Get Back To What We're Good At

10 January 2013

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Paul Cook is hoping that his team can get back to their best when they face in-form Northampton Town at the weekend.

The Spireites come into the game on the back of two disappointing results away to Accrington Stanley and Wycombe Wanderers.

In both games Chesterfield dominated for large periods and saw a host of chances come and go which inevitably they were made to rue.

Speaking ahead of the game, Cook said: "First and foremost, I think what you must respect is that, when you manage a team as well, sometimes we forget that the players actually do try their best.

"Sometimes it's your own frustration of not winning that when you can clearly see, in my opinion, that you're better than the opposoition. And that's what hurts.

"[On the frustration shown in his post-match interview at Wycombe] I think it was the culmanantion of being in a good position going to Accrington and then by the time we left the ground at Wycombe, we'd certainly in my opinion give up points.

"As a manager it's hard because the players know it means a lot to me, it means a lot to this club. Sometimes, even myself must wait for what we're trying to do."

The Cobblers head to North Derbyshire in a good run of form and currently sit two places and three points above the Spireites.

Renowned for their direct approach, the gaffer knows that his side must stand up to the threat of Northampton if they are to be successful on Saturday.

"We know all about Northampton. We know the test we've got. We're under no illusions about how difficult the game is going to be," Cook said.

"It'll be two contrasts in styles of football, who's right who's wrong is irrelevant. We want to play an open, passing game and we want to press the ball all over the pitch. These are the messages that players have been getting daily.

"Sometimes when teams change from week to week, through injuries and suspensions, different stuff, we lose track of what we're trying to do and we've done that a little bit lately.

"We want to get back to what we're good at and it's very important that whoever gets selected, them messages have got across. We know the threat of Norhtampton, if we don't stand up we won't win the game."

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