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Cook Looks to Fleetwood

2 May 2014

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Chesterfield go into Saturday’s game against Fleetwood Town in very good form and are on course to win the league in front of a full house at the Proact Stadium.

Manager Paul Cook has a few injuries ahead of the game with both Liam Cooper and Daniel Kearns ruled-out. He said: “Both don’t make the game and we are a little bit stretched at the minute, but I won’t go into any other injuries at the moment as we have another couple of lads who won’t play. 

"I want us to win this league. The likelihood is we will be making some changes to the team that have been backed on all season by tremendous support and what a great way to end the season in front of a full house.” 

Last week’s win at Burton Albion was a day to remember for everyone associated with the club and Cook explained that promotion to League 1 has finally sunk in: “There is always that time after a game where it takes its time to sink in because one of the things I have learnt this season is how long the season actually is. When I managed in Ireland, it was only 33 games.” 

The Spireites face an in-form Fleetwood side who have been pushing for a top three spot for the last couple of months. The Cod Army are unbeaten in seven games and drew their last match to Southend so Cook knows the game won’t be easy. “They are on a really strong run and have accumulated a lot of points and unfortunately for them they have just fallen short,” he said. 

“Graham (Alexander) and Chris (Lucketti) will have their own ideas on what they want to do and that’s down to them. I won’t get involved in other teams; I’m sure they’ll be looking forward to the game, but they will have one eye on the play-offs now because that is a very important game for Fleetwood Football Club.

“Fleetwood have had a fantastic year. A bit like ourselves, they are the team that everyone wants to beat because the chairman has pumped a lot of money into the club and he’s given everyone at Fleetwood a great football club and a great opportunity to try and sample success. 

Fleetwood have pursued the other three teams above them with great quality and never let up and due to the fact they have a good manager and they have got some very good players. They will go into the play-offs now with the other three teams and we wish them all the best in their pursuit.”  

Jay O’Shea’s double helped Chesterfield to promotion last week and Cook has some sympathy for the problems faced at times by the 25-year-old. “He’s suffered more than then most because unfortunately teams sometimes put a certain midfielder in front of the back four to stop Jay O’Shea playing,” explained the Spireites boss. “We’ve tried to pass through that area sometimes and we’ve suffered with it, so Jay’s been one of the players that has suffered most in changing styles and to adopt a different tactic or approach.

“He’s never changed in terms of how good a footballer he is and the quality he has got, as we saw last Sunday. It was a shining light on how good he can play and what he can do for us and it pleases me very much for Jay himself because he is a lad who had to sit on the sidelines and watch. When he has been playing, he has taken his opportunity with both hands.”

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