In his pre match conference, Chesterfield manager Paul Cook has assured fans that the Spireites will be exactly where the supporters want them to be come the end of the season.Following Tuesday night's draw against York City, Chesterfield were knocked off the top of the League 2 table for the first time since the early stages of the 2013/14 campaign and the manager expressed his disappointment in dropping from the position.
“It now hurts us not being top of the league and not winning every week, that just shows how far we've come in such a short space of time," said Cook before adding: “We’ve got to a stage now where the expectancy at our football club has gone through the roof, who’s created that? Me and the players.
“We’ve lost our way a little bit, and we lose our way with Talbot being injured, Gary Roberts suspended for three games, a few other injuries and we don’t get the same balance and the same energy in the right areas.”
Despite the current slump in form, the Liverpudlian remains convinced that Chesterfield will be promoted at the end of the season. He said: “We’re not going anywhere. We’ll keep going and we’ll be as strong as we can be because the support we’ve had from 99.9% of our support has been nothing short of top of the league, we’ll get back to where they want us to be.
“At the moment we’re going in the right direction in terms of points and league table position. Current form says no - my job is to address the current form.”
He added: “We just want to go back to our basics of working very hard out of possession, moving the ball, playing well. All the things that saw us go top, we want to get back to as quickly as possible.”
Looking forward to Saturday's game against Bristol Rovers, Cook acknowledged the threat of the Pirates. “They’re always very strong at home, their crowd get behind them and we know we’ve got our hands full," said the 46-year-old.
“We’ll have great support at Bristol on Saturday and we’ll be playing football, moving the ball quickly and doing all the good things about the game.”
Friday will mark one year since Cook was appointed manager of Chesterfield, looking back over his time at the Proact Stadium the gaffer said: “It’s been an amazing time at the club, I learn so much every day. Football management is new to me but all you can ever be as a manger is honest.”
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