Chesterfield manager, Paul Cook, is well aware of the importance of Saturday's match but will treat the derby like every other game this season.The Spireites will host local rivals, Mansfield Town, at the Proact Stadium on Saturday and the gaffer has every faith in his squad and his style of play.
“In terms of how we dominate possession and how we look to play the game, it won’t change, it doesn’t change for anyone," said Cook in his pre match conference, before adding: “Certainly we know what Mansfield will do and we’ve got great respect for them, I think they’re having a fantastic year and I think Paul’s done a fantastic job.”
Mansfield have enjoyed a strong start after gaining promotion back to The Football League at the end of last season and the Liverpudlian spoke highly of the Stags. He said: “They haven’t taken long to find their feet in the league, they’ve had some very strong results, they’ve got some really good players and they’re going in the right direction so we’re all looking forward to the game on Saturday.”
After signing a contract extension earlier this week, the manager reflected on his last experience of a local derby at Chesterfield. “Last time we went into a big local game, it was against Rotherham. We let the supporters down and we let ourselves down," explained Cook.
However, the Spireites boss wasn't content to dwell on past experiences and acknowledged the changes that have been made at the Proact since the 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Millers. He said: “We’ve evolved as a club since then and this is our next big test in terms of local rivalry. We know what it means to our supporters but we also know what it means to them to be top of the league and get promoted.”
While Chesterfield have enjoyed their best ever start to a season, Cook believes there is still room for improvement. “We’re not ruthless enough, we’re not putting teams to the sword when we probably should, we’re not killing them off," claimed Cook before adding: “We have enough chances in games to score more goals and that’s certainly something that we’re looking at.”
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