Spireites boss Paul Cook is looking forward to Chesterfield's trip to the Cherry Red Records Stadium to take on AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday night.As Cook's side approach the final ten league games of the season, the manager is looking for a reaction to Saturday's defeat at Accrington Stanley to help Chesterfield maintain their position at the top of the Sky Bet League 2 table.
Speaking to Spireites Player ahead of Tuesday's game, the Liverpudlian said: “We look forward to the game tomorrow night, we really do because every game now people are looking at league tables more and who everyone’s playing.
“My job’s to make sure that it’s the same as it was in September and October in that if you play well the likelihood is that you’ll win the game.”
When asked if he felt confident that the Spireites would be able to push forward and claim one of the automatic promotion places, Cook responded: “I’m always confident, I’ve never doubted my group, never from day one. Yesterday we went over the beliefs we have in them and what we set out at the start of the season to do.
“We’re in a fantastic position. We set out at the start of the season to try and be promoted, whether that be in the play-offs, automatic or as champions - promotion’s promotion.”
Chesterfield's promotion challenge took a set-back on Saturday as they fell 3-1 to League 2 strugglers Accrington Stanley. The 47-year-old explained how disappointed his players were with the result and how they will be doing everything they can to put it right against the Dons on Tuesday.
“The lads were down yesterday because they carry the hopes of the town and they feel it," commented Cook before adding: "We’ve got good lads, we’ve got good pros and sometimes they don’t need criticism.
“They come in every day and work hard because they want to deliver for the supporters, the chairman and the club. When you get a group that honest you can only back them and I’ll forever back them.
“I don’t see any signs that any of them want to dip out, that want to go to games and not play well. They want to embrace it. There hasn’t been many occasions where we haven’t bounced back from a defeat.”
During half time at the Crown Ground, Cook and Stanley's assistant manager Paul Stephenson were sent from the dugouts as a result of a confrontation that occurred at the end of the first half.
The Spireites boss explained how he was sent off as a result of getting caught in a hostile situation by attempting to direct aggression away from the officials.
Cook said: “If you look at Accrington’s dugouts, they’re directly next to each other and that’s not good for the game because we all want to win, we all want every decision to go our way and the fourth official is put in the middle of it.
“It’s not right because the game then becomes who can shout the loudest or who can influence the game the most. That’s not football. Football’s about players on the pitch.”
“The referee’s pulled us both in at half time and he’s explained that he feels it’s best that he sends us both off because the game’s getting more volatile. He will be putting in his report that Paul Cook, being the manager of Chesterfield, came over to try and help the situation.”
To watch the full pre match conference, log on to Spireites Player.