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Cook: "The Lads Are In A Good Place."

27 January 2014

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Chesterfield manager Paul Cook explained that morale at the Proact Stadium is high going into the business end of the season.

Speaking ahead of the Spireites' League 2 trip to York City on Tuesday night, Cook told Spireites Player that he wants the squad to build on the positivity within the club.

He said: “There’s a good vibe about the club at the minute. The lads are in a good place, they’re very much together. We’ll keep building on that.

“What we’ve got to make sure is, with 19 games to go, that nobody’s making excuses. We’re now getting down to the nitty gritty.”

“The teams that will be promoted are the teams that have taken the most points – you’ve got to make sure you win football games to do that.”

With a fully fit squad, Cook currently faces a number of difficult team selection decisions and explained how it's tricky to keep the squad rotating whilst maintaining a high morale. 

“It’s easy to keep Tommy Lee happy or Liam Cooper happy, these lads that seem to be playing every week. The most important ones are the ones that you haven’t played or aren’t coming on," said the Liverpudlian.

He added: “As a manager, you’re trying to cajole and you want to keep everyone on side because when you’ve got a happy club and everyone’s winning, there’s no better place.”

Looking forward to Tuesday's game, the Spireites boss praised Nigel Worthington's work at Bootham Crescent. He said: “They’ve brought a couple of lads in who’ve played in playoff finals, they’ve brought other lads in on loan. I think Nigel’s done a very good job since he’s gone there because he’s steadied the ship.

“Clubs must have steady improvement. I think York have shown that since coming up from the conference.

“I think the important thing is that we get out team selection right, the lads are behind each other. We’ll take good support again to York.”

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