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Cook: "It's a Really Big Game"

17 March 2014

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Speaking ahead of Chesterfield's Sky Bet League 2 trip to Plymouth Argyle, Paul Cook revealed how he believes Tuesdays match is an important game in his side's season.

The Spireites make the long journey to Home Park on Tuesday night to take on an in-form Pilgrims side that have won four of their last six games and Cook explained that the fixture is a great opportunity for Chesterfield to lay down a marker for the chasing sides.

He said: “It’s a good game for us, it’s a really good game. We must go and embrace the game tomorrow night because it would be a great marker for us to win.

“It’s a really big game in terms of the league because obviously the three points would be a huge benefit and we’d only have eight games to go. It would put us in a very strong position.

“We must win games to get where we want to be. We all want to take the easy way out – the easy way out is to win all nine, if we win all nine then that’s the end of that.”

The Spireites ran out 3-0 winners over Oxford United at the Proact Stadium on Saturday and the Liverpudlian likened the victory to the early season form that saw Chesterfield take a strong lead at the top of the Sky Bet League 2 table.

“I certainly felt that Saturday was a very, very professional performance," commented Cook before adding: "I thought we managed the game really well.
“You’re going back to the start of the season where we were winning and Tommy Lee was making really good saves at crucial times, the end result being three points.”

Gary Roberts took home the Sky Bet League 2 Player of the Year Award for 2014 at last night's Football League Awards ceremony and Cook took time to praise the midfielder that he signed for Chesterfield at the beginning of the season. 

The gaffer said: “When Gary signed for us it was a great signing for Chesterfield. At the minute he’s on his way to Wembley, we sit top of the league today and he’s just got Player of the Year for League 2.

“Everything that Gary got brought here to do, to date he’s doing it and he’s doing it in abundance.

“I can’t praise Gary enough, not just for what he brings on the pitch but what he brings off it because at football clubs you must have a level of professionalism. Gary along with a number of other lads tick those boxes really well.”

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

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