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Cook Looking To Instil Belief

4 March 2013

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Manager Paul Cook wants his players to know how good they are.

The Spireites boss points to an improvement in mental strength to help his side on the pitch.

Chesterfield ended a run of three games with out a win, or scoring a goal, at Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday and the manager has noticed the difference that win has made around the club.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, he said: “All football clubs are different places when you win aren’t they? It’s the environment that keeps you going in football.

“It’s a great place to be. It’s why some clubs are set apart in terms that they seem to win more often than others and it’s something we are trying to create here.

“At the minute we look hard to beat, unfortunately we’ve lost a couple games to 1-0. Conceding four goals in the last eight games is a very decent stat, very decent. Unfortunately we’re not scoring enough goals.”

Cook's men travel to Whaddon Road tomorrow night to face a Cheltenham team that have lost just one of their previous 11 games.

The Liverpudlian was full of praise for the Robins, labelling them a "great bench mark for League Two clubs", but stated that his players need to have more belief in themselves.

He said: “Cheltenham are a great benchmark for a League Two team in my opinion. A Solid, good manager who knows the leagues inside out. Good players right through the team, physically strong and know what they’re doing.

“Will they be in the shake-up at the end of the year? Without a shadow of a doubt. Are we going there to win the game? Without a shadow of a doubt.

“We’re going there to win the game. As I say to everybody, we’re well aware of what Cheltenham, they’re a very strong team as I said, but so are we.

“We’ve got good players and our mental strength must be better. We must believe we’re good but must also back it up by results.

“None of us are under any illusions. A certainly think that sometimes we do think we’re good and it’s not backed up by results and that’s something we’re working on. Good teams always turn up, they don’t always play well, but they always turn up.”

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