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Cook: "Saturday is a Cup Final"

3 April 2014

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Spireites boss Paul Cook believes that Chesterfield must treat each of their remaining six Sky Bet League 2 fixtures as one-off games as they chase promotion.

After falling to Peterborough United in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final at Wembley on Sunday, Chesterfield's attentions now turn to the League 2 run-in that begins with a Proact Stadium clash against Newport County on Saturday.

The manager was keen to stress that Spireites minds will be fully focused on the task in hand and that the Wembley defeat will be firmly behind the team when they walk out to face the Exiles on Saturday.

He said: “We had a really tough training session yesterday because I felt that we needed to get a little bit of that out of us. We can’t allow that to become a Wembley hangover, we can’t let it go into our last six games.

“We were very hard on the group and there was a little bit of aggression in the training session, a little bit of anger in some of the players and it needed to come out.”

Cook claimed that his side will come out fighting against Newport and that their desire to succeed will help to see them home. “The hunger inside me for success burns, it really does," explained the manager before adding: "I know I transmit that to the staff and the players and I know the supporters want it as much as we all do.”

“Saturday’s an occasion now where it’s another cup final for us - we’re at home and we’re trying to get promotion, we want a big crowd in and we’ve got to make it happen. We’ve got to hit Newport with everything and make them feel very, very uncomfortable on the day.

“We have a chance now with six games to go to finish the season stongly and have a great celebration in Chesterfield if we obtain that promotion.”

Spireites youngster Ollie Banks was unfortunate to pick up an injury that brought his fist Wembley appearance along with his 2013/14 season to a premature end on Sunday afternoon and the Chesterfield boss shared the young midfielder's disappointment.

Cook said: “It’s heartbreaking for the lad. He was delighted to be selected at Wembley, it was a great occasion for Ollie and his family. He’s now out for the season and he has to join a lot of other people cheering us on and willing us to win.

“He’ll be back stronger and better – he’s a good player and one of the bright lights for this club going forward so we all wish Ollie a speedy recovery.”

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