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Cook Looks to Wembley

28 March 2014

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Speaking ahead of Chesterfield's Johnstone's Paint Trophy final against Peterborough United, Spireites boss Paul Cook called for supporters to enjoy the experience.

Cook's side take on the Posh at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon having seen off the challenge of Mansfield Town, Rochdale, Oldham Athletic and Fleetwood Town to reach this stage of the competition. 

The manager discussed anticipation amongst the club as the final draws closer. He said: “I’m really looking forward to going there on Sunday, it’s a great day for everyone. Supporters travel many miles and I think on Sunday everyone should just take a breath before we go and make sure we enjoy the whole experience. 

“I was lucky enough to commentate on the Northampton Bradford play-off final at the end of last season and I was taken aback by how spectacular the whole place was.”

Chesterfield's opponents currently sit sixth in the Sky Bet League 1 table and Cook expects an open and attacking encounter on Sunday. 

“I don’t think either team is going to concentrate on stopping the other team," explained the Liverpudlian before adding: "I think both teams will set up to try and win the game.

“We’ve been very frustrated at times, especially at home but teams have done that away from home as well. I can’t seeing Sunday being a game like that at Wembley.

“I think Sunday’s about trying to win the competition because once you get on the coach to come back if you’ve got some silverware then it’s an amazing achievement.”

Despite this weekend's cup final, Cook maintains that he is concentrating on promotion from League 2 and that remains Chesterfield's priority. 

He said: “Once we come back from the JPT final, every weekend will offer a different scenario. I think we’ll be able to concentrate on Newport at home. Beating Newport will put us in a position a closer to where we want to be.

“The priority is to get promotion – if we can get promotion via third, second or first place I think that would be a very good achievement.”

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