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Cook: "We Want to Win."

17 February 2014

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Heading into the northern area final second leg of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy against Fleetwood Town tomorrow night, Paul Cook is making no secret of his intention to win the home tie.

Chesterfield approach the fixture with a two-goal advantage, having defeated the Cod Army 3-1 in the first leg at Highbury Stadium earlier this month. But the Spireites boss explained how he will not be content with 'just getting through' to the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final.

He said: “We’ll prepare well and do what we think’s right to not just get through but win the game. That’s the most important thing, that we do have our own game plan.

“We’ll set out to win the game tomorrow night because if we win tomorrow then it keeps ticking us along on the good run that we’re on. I wouldn’t like to lose at home and still go to Wembley because I don’t like getting beaten.”

Despite his side's two-goal advantage, Cook knows that Chesterfield have only done half of the job and will need to perform well against a tough Fleetwood outfit to ensure their place in the final. 

“We’re in that position where everyone thinks we’re going to Wembley and really we’re the only ones that can lose because if the game goes well, it’s as you were and you’re expected to do it," explained the Liverpudlian.

“Certainly people like myself and others around the club are not so foolish as to think that. Not for one minute do we think we’re there. We’ve got a very tough game tomorrow night against a formidable opponent.

“Whatever team Graham picks will be a strong team. We know that they’ve got to come and score goals so there’s a couple of messages that they will come and be positive with their play.”

The gaffer was quick to highlight his faith in the Chesterfield squad, knowing that another win will see the Spireites appear in a second Johnstone's Paint Trophy final in three years.

He said: “Football’s a very cruel game, it’s a very funny game. We’re in a great position and we want to take this club to Wembley.

“Let the lads take care of the game on the pitch – that’s the most important thing. I trust my players. Even if the result wasn’t great tomorrow night, I’d still trust them the next morning.”

A positive result on Tuesday night would see Cook's side make the trip to the home of English football on Sunday, March 30 and the Spireites boss acknowledged how big an incentive Wembley Stadium should be.

“It is a special game," said the 46-year-old before adding: "Going to Wembley is a fantastic day; not just for the club but for the people of the town. People will go to Wembley that don’t normally go to games and it becomes a great day for us.

“The new Wembley is a very special place and to take a lot of support there would be good. We know only one of us can go. If we weren’t to go then we’d certainly be the first to shake hands and wish Fleetwood the best of luck.”

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

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