Looking forward to Saturday's game against Bury, Chesterfield manager Paul Cook spoke about the Greater Manchester side's recent changes and how they are evolving as a club.
Bury appointed David Flitcroft as their manager in December and have lost just once since the former Barnsley boss took charge. Speaking about the Shakers, Cook said: “Bury are evolving as a club. They’ve got good lads at the club now and David Flitcroft’s a very bright young manager, he’s got good views on the game and he’s a very strong character himself."
The Spireires visited Gigg Lane with over 1,000 travelling supporters on the opening day of the 2013/14 Sky Bet League 2 season, prevailing 2-0 through goals from Jay O'Shea and Marc Richards. “We got absolutely battered at Bury in the first half but eventually our bits of quality came through which was really good because it was a really good day for us to win in front of such a big travelling support," explained the Chesterfield boss.
The Shakers make the return journey to the Proact Stadium this weekend and with Gary Roberts, Jimmy Ryan and Sam Morsy being given the all clear to play, the gaffer has nearly a full squad to chose from going into the fixture. He said: “I’m really looking forward to the game and looking forward to seeing these lads back playing. We know the team that’s going to play on Saturday, you make those decisions quite quickly.”
After signing for the Spireites from Halifax Town earlier this month, Dan Gardner looks likely to make his debut at some point during the Bury game and Cook is eager for the youngster to make a good first impression. The Liverpudlian explained: “The plan for Dan is for him to go into the team as quickly as possible. On Saturday, the plan is for him to be on the bench to start the game and be introduced so our supporters can see him.
“I think first impressions at a football club are huge. If you make the right one at a football club then you can become a fans’ favourite. To introduce Dan at the minute, lacking a bit of match fitness, might see him doing a couple of sloppy things. Certainly coming on he won’t struggle for confidence or fitness.”
Entering the second half of the 2013/14 season, Cook is delighted with the progress that the club has made over the last year and believes there is still a lot more to come from Chesterfield. “We’re a lot stronger today than we were 13 months ago in terms of players, personnel, league position and everything about us. I think that’s what managers should do, make the club better," explained the 46-year-old.
“We’ve got a lot to look forward to as a football club. We’re in a great position in the league and we’ve got a chance of going to Wembley. If our fans can keep coming and supporting us then it will make for more special nights here and that’s what we all want.”