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Cook Remains Focused on League

21 February 2014

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Chesterfield manager Paul Cook will not let the Spireites' trip to Wembley act as a distraction while his side chases promotion from Sky Bet League 2.

The Blues booked their place in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final on Tuesday night after defeating Fleetwood Town 3-2 across two legs in the northern area final of the competition. 

Cook acknowledged the club's achievement but believes thoughts of Wembley should be put aside as the Spireites have nine league fixtures between now and their date at the home of English football.

He said: “It’s a fantastic achievement for the team to get to Wembley but we must put it away. You can’t live off it for a day. We’ve got a lot of league games before that, we’ve got a lot of points to win.

“While it’s great to have it on the back burner, there’s nobody happier than me with it, it’s important that we don’t think that we’ve done great becase we’re there.

“We haven’t done anything yet. We haven’t won at Wembley and we haven’t been promoted so there’s a lot of hard work to go.”

Chesterfield's run of nine league games before the end of March begins tomorrow at Adams Park where Cook's side will take on League 2 strugglers Wycombe Wanderers. And the boss knows his squad are in for a tough afternoon.

“It’s a massive test because it’s the game after what people would describe as a big game; great atmosphere, great night for the club," explained the manager before adding: "We’re now going down to Wycombe who are fighting for their lives.

“You can get caught like a rabbit in the headlights – that can’t happen to us. The first 20 minutes of the game are massive, the lads are going to prepare well for the game like they always do. We’ll go through the importance of the fixture, what the three points mean and how we’re going to get them.”

Chesterfield take on local rivals Mansfield Town next month and tickets for the derby went on sale first thing on Thursday morning. A long queue of devoted Spireites fans waited for hours in miserable weather to get their hands on a ticket for the game.

Cook said: “I get in most mornings quite early and when you see supporters queuing up for tickets it’s just a reminder of how lucky we all are. We’ve got the privilege of being able to represent them.”

“When you’ve got belief in your team, your squad, your club – that can develop and make us stronger as a club. Our support is nothing short of amazing and I think they’ve now got the belief in the players.”

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

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