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Cook Looks Forward to Cheltenham

24 February 2014

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After a disappointing result at Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday, Spireites boss Paul Cook is eager to get back to winning ways as his side take on Cheltenham Town on Tuesday night.

The Robins are 15th in the League 2 table and have struggled to maintain consistent form this season. Their victory over Newport County on Saturday was Cheltenham's first win in eight league outings.

Despite the host's recent form, Cook knows that Mark Yates' side will be difficult opponents for the Spireites on Tuesday. He said: “It’s as stern a test as you’ll get in the league. I think over the last two or three years Mark has certainly been one of the best managers at League 2 level.

“They’ve had a fantastic win at Newport on Saturday where not many teams go to Newport and win so we know it’s going to be a very difficult game.

“We know they’re a strong side, they’ve got good players in the team, they’ve got threats in the team and we’re going to have to be at our best to win.”

The Liverpudlian will be looking for an improvement on Saturday's defeat at Adams Park where Chesterfield fell to their first defeat in six games following an uninspiring performance at the home of the Chairboys.

“Unfortunately for us offensively we offered nothing and that’s very unlike us," explained Cook before adding: "We’ve been built on creating chances and trying open teams up. It never happened for us on Saturday and I’m certainly trying to put that to the back of my mind as much as I can.

“It’s something I’ve never seen in us before, to be so inept going forward. We’ll put it down to a bad day. We’ll move on to Cheltenham tomorrow night and we’d like to pick ourselves up quickly.” 

A win at Whaddon Road would see Chesterfield maintain pole position in the league with just 13 fixtures left to play, the 47-year-old explained how he's aiming for a strong performance against the Robins.

The gaffer said: “We’re just trying to put in a performance, I think when you play well people go home happy. Certainly whatever team we put out tomorrow night will be a very, very strong 11 for Chesterfield Football Club.

“We’ve been to York lately and looked bright, we’ve been to Northampton away and won and looked bright. We just need to go back to those days.”

To watch the full pre match conference, log on to Spireites Player. 

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