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Gaffer Expecting Fight From Argyle

21 March 2013

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Chesterfield manager Paul Cook knows his side will be in for a tough afternoon as Plymouth fight for survival in League Two.

Former manager John Sheridan returns to the Proact Stadium for the first time since his departure in August 2012.

His Plymouth Argyle currently sit in 20th place, just two points above the drop.

Sheridan's side head to North Derbyshire on the back of impressive back-to-back victories against Fleetwood Town and Southend United.

Paul Cook is under no illusions about the difficult test his Chesterfield side will face against a side battling to stay in the division.

Speaking to Spireites Player, he said: “Like most teams at the bottom at the minute I think John’s [Sheridan] got his team winning football games. 

“A lot of teams at that end now – certainly Barnet are winning a couple, Wimbledon have been on a good run, Accrington are winning a couple, you know, Torquay – so teams down there are doing well, I think John’s team will know the importance of results.

“You’re fighting for your lives down there and when you’re fighting for your life it has an effect on you, and it’s normally a positive one.“

Cook is also hoping that John Sheridan receives a warm welcome from the Spireites faithful when he returns at the weekend.

“I hope the day goes well for John, in terms of the reception he gets etc, certainly not the result," added the manager.

“John’s a seasoned professional, he’s had his times at this club and he’s produced some fantastic nights for this football club and I hope that doesn’t go a miss on our supporters.”

Chesterfield's faint hopes of a play-off place suffered a major setback with a 2-1 defeat at Torquay United in the week and Paul Cook couldn't hide his frustration.

He said: “It’s disappointing because no one wants the season to peter out the way it does. There’s plenty of time for people to go through the wrongs and the right and the reasons why.

“We don’t want to be playing games where, really, there’s not a lot in them because for a club like ours to be in that position, it’s not right and it’s not healthy.”

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