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Cook Goes 'Back to Basics'

21 October 2013

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After Saturday's defeat at home to Burton Albion, Chesterfield manager Paul Cook believes the team needs to go back to the drawing board ahead of Tuesday night's game against York City.

As a result of a strong start to the season, Chesterfield are still top of the League 2 table despite taking just one point from their last four games, but the gaffer won't allow the early-season praise to become an obstacle for for the team.

“With the plaudits we’ve had, the pats on the back and every manager saying how good Chesterfield are; you can get ahead of yourself quickly in football," he said before adding: “The messages are the same every day, we must go out and do the basics well.

“Every manager had handed us the league title, everyone says how good we are but we haven’t scored at home in two games.”

The Liverpudlian attributed Saturday's defeat to a lack of desire and claims that without that passion, any team will struggle. He said: “You’ve got to have a desire to win, if you haven’t got that desire you will get beat. No matter who you play, no matter where the game is, you will lose the game.”

Cook is looking for this issue to be addressed against the Minstermen on Tuesday night. “I just want us to go and get three points tomorrow night and I want us to give a very honest display of character and commitment," explained the manager.

He added: “I can only try my best to make sure that we play well tomorrow night and I’m sure our supporters have seen that when we play well we normally win.”

After picking up a knee injury in a friendly match, Armand Gnanduillet was forced to miss a number of weeks before returning against Burton Albion on Saturday. The gaffer praised the impact of the striker after coming off the bench to put in an impressive performance.

“We thought he’d done his knee badly, but thankfully for Armand his injury wasn’t bad, he only missed two or three weeks. He came on Saturday and gave us an enormous lift purely by trying," said Cook.

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