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Spireites Boss Remains Grounded

5 February 2014

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Paul Cook is refusing to get carried away despite Chesterfield's 3-1 victory in the first leg of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy area final at Fleetwood Town.

Goals from Ian Evatt, Sam Morsy and Jimmy Ryan rounded off an impressive win at Highbury Stadium on Tuesday night giving the Spireites a two-goal advantage going into the return leg at the Proact Stadium in a fortnight's time.

But Cook remains adamant that there is no time for celebration as his side still have 90 minutes against the Cod Army standing between them and a place in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final at Wembley. 

Speaking to Spireites Player after the cup tie, the manager said: “We won’t go away shouting from the rooftops. You’ve seen at the end of the game that there’s no celebrations because we have a little bit of class at our club. We haven’t got to Wembley yet there’s a long way to go.

“It’s great to be in the position we’re in. We’re more than happy with that, we couldn’t have asked for much more but we didn’t play well.”

Chesterfield started the game on the back foot, struggling to adapt to the difficult weather conditions that were a hindrance to the Spireites' forward momentum. “About five minutes into the game I would’ve settled for getting beat 1-0. We were getting battered," explained the Liverpudlian.

“The wind was strong and Fleetwood were hitting big Jon (Parkin) up front early. He’s a handful, he’s had a great career. Unfortunately for us, we could’t really handle it and we started getting deeper and deeper.”

Cook's side eventually overcame the tricky conditions and scored twice in quick succession through Evatt and Morsy, goals that knocked the stuffing out of Fleetwood's persistent attack. 

The gaffer said: “We’ve then scored against the run of play and that happens, we’ve had that done to us plenty of times and we’ve got to respect the fact that Fleetwood are a good side.

“We were up against it for long, long spells but we were commendable in what we were trying to do. We’ve come away with a good victory and I think we should give the players a big pat on the back for that.”

Over 600 travelling Spireites fans made the trip to Highbury Stadium on Tuesday night and there is expected to be over 2000 in attendance at Glanford Park this weekend to watch Chesterfield take on Scunthorpe United. 

The 46-year-old was quick to praise the incredible away support that has been ever-present throughout the 2013/14 season and promised that the side will represent them to the best of their ability as the season approaches its most crucial months. 

“I’m so happy for our town because all my life I’ve loved football," explained Cook before adding: "To go to away games with big followings is what football’s all about.”

“We can’t guarantee them that we’ll win on Saturday, we can’t guarantee we’ll get to Wembley but what we can do is try and represent them properly.”

To watch the full post match interview, log on to Spireites Player.

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