Chesterfield manager Paul Cook has said people shouldn’t underestimate Torquay ahead of their visit to the Proact Stadium this weekend.
Speaking to Spireites Player ahead of Saturday's game, Cook said: “Torquay are a good club who a couple of years ago were fighting for the playoffs. We have our hands full beating Torquay on Saturday.”
The Liverpudlian then went on to say: “We have a big game on Saturday against a team fighting for their lives. They have brought a new manager in who has got a good philosophy on the game. It’s tough at the bottom because teams are strengthening.”
The Gulls have never won an away game against Chesterfield in the league but the boss will not be focusing on that too much: “On Saturday we have a very tough game. We will show torquay maximum respect, if we disrespect Torquay we will get beat.”
The Devon side are 23rd in Sky Bet League 2 and have been in indifferent form as of late, two wins, two losses and a draw in their last five games, most recently losing 2-1 to bottom side Northampton.
Despite this, Paul Cook knows that form means nothing: “People will turn up and see Torquay in the bottom two and say Chesterfield will win but football doesn’t happen like that.”
The Spireites enjoyed their first week since January 11th without a midweek fixture and will not get this luxury again until mid March but with such tight fixture congestion, the gaffer insists his team are ready to play: “I gave them a break and an extra day off because there has been a lot of demands on them lately. These lads are now fresh and ready to play.”
Cook is not concerned with thinking about the run of fixtures leading up to the end of the season, he said: “It’s a mini league again now and thats what I like to look at, we are just in the mix with everyone else.
“If we win the next game, I know we’re in a good position. We have a good team meeting this morning and the focus is fully on Torquay.”
To watch the full pre match conference, log on to Spireites Player.