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Cook: "Oxford Are a Good Benchmark."

19 September 2013

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Chesterfield manager, Paul Cook, spoke highly of Saturday's opponents Oxford United in his pre match press conference.

The Liverpudlian believes The Us are a strong footballing side that other clubs should measure themselves on. He said: “Every manager’s got an outlook on the league and teams. For me, Oxford are a good benchmark of where you want to be as a club.

“I couldn’t compliment Oxford enough. Certainly now, if somebody said to me we could finish above Oxford, I’d bite your hand off.”

Cook explained how he felt a lot of the Oxfordshire side's recent success can be attributed to the club's manager, Chris Wilder. “The manager is a solid guy, he’s a really good fella, he knows the game, he knows the division and he’s assembled a really good squad," said the gaffer before adding: “They’ve score a lot of late goals so his teams are very committed and it’s going to be one hell of a game on Saturday.”

Looking towards Saturday's game Cook acknowledged the challenge of The Us. He said: “This week we’re going to Oxford and I think every one of our supporters knows how difficult it’s going to be.

“It is first versus second on paper but I think as a League 2 fixture Chesterfield versus Oxford would always be a big game no matter where the two teams are.”

The Spireites have made an undefeated start to the season, leaving them four points clear of Saturday's opponents and the Chesterfield manager hopes the strong form can continue.

“It’s there for everyone to see how well the players are doing and long may it continue. It’s a vibrant club when you’re winning but the most important thing is after 46 games you finish the season in a position you deserve to," said the 46-year-old.

To watch the full interview, log on to Spireites Player.

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