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Cook Looks to Progress in JPT

11 November 2013

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Chesterfield boss Paul Cook is looking to take a step closer to Wembley on Tuesday night as his side face Rochdale in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy area quarter final.

The victory over Daventry Town on Saturday marked the Spireites first win since the early October and the gaffer started off by reflecting on that victory.

He said: “First of all, we should congratulate Daventry for the way they acquitted themselves in the game because that was probably the most attacking formation at the Proact Stadium this season.

“We can’t predict what a lot of teams are going to do but we have to be able to adapt to the game. We just want to win football games and we are very pleased to be in the next round of the FA Cup and Daventry deserve praise because they represented their club well.”

Tomorrow's match allows Chesterfield the chance to progress further in another cup competition and Cook admitted the game will be a tough encounter. 

“We’ve had Rochdale watched and our chief scout, Paul Mitchell has been really impressed with them. Their league position says that they are a good side and we had a great meeting with them earlier in the season. it was a very entertaining game with both teams going for it and I’m sure tomorrow night will be no different,” added Cook.

“We just want to go out and win the game. We are very much looking forward to playing Rochdale. They are one of the in-form teams around and they’ve got a very astute manager who is doing very well in the game. 

“Keith’s got a lot of good players; he’s got them playing a good way and they are in the ascendancy at the moment. We certainly look forward to the game tomorrow night because I’m sure that they will come and attack and it will be a good game for our supporters to come and see.”

The 46-year-old outlined his plans for the rest of the season and paid tribute to the excellent support the team is receiving.

“We’ve got three goals this season. To go as far in the FA Cup as possible, to win the JPT and certainly to be promoted. I think all are realistic aims because if we win tomorrow, we are in the semi-final of the competition,” commented the Liverpudlian.

“Considering we are in the second round of the FA Cup and we are third in the division, it’s been a testing time. We just want to win football games, and how we win is quite irrelevant. We suffered with the Fleetwood and Scunthorpe results and if we saw those games out, we’d be sat here with a big smile on our faces. 

“For the first round of the FA Cup, what a great crowd. It was probably one of the biggest attendances in the competition and it’s great credit to our supporters for turning out in such large forces.”

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