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21 October 2014

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Tuesday night matches are back with the long trek down to Essex and Colchester United in store for the Spireites and their travelling fans.

Colchester have struggled for consistency so far this term, and have won two, drawn two and lost two of their last six matches to lie sixteenth in the League One table going into the clash with the Spireites.

However, the U's did win their last home match, impressing in the 2-1 victory over Fleetwood Town.

Under incoming first-team manager Tony Humes the U's have a youthful squad with a willingness to attack, with 24 year-old striker Freddie Sears charged with netting the goals.

Indeed, ex-West Ham man Sears will be looking to continue on the goal trail, the front man has six goals in his last ten games, including the equaliser in the 1-1 draw at Scunthorpe United on Saturday.

After Saturday's 1-1 draw with Oldham Athletic, the Spireites have now won only one match is six and, despite the entertaining nature of recent matches, manager Paul Cook thinks the style shows the strength of the division. 

He said: "We're learning that quickly in this league. You only have to look at the games now in terms of entertainment value compared to games last year- it's night and day.

"What it also poses is the fact that teams have threats, I just want us to be the best we can be.

"We give great respect to all the teams that we play, but by the time we come off the pitch we want to speak about how well we've played.

"If we can get better quickly, I feel we could have a good season."

The manager is continuing to look for ways to improve his team, their tactics and their approach to matches.

Cook said: "I just feel at the minute that the balance to our team just isn't correct. We've become very reliant on Eoin Doyle to score, when I've always felt we have more goals in us. 

"Hopefully we can turn these close encounters round. I think there are more points in us, I really do, and more points would see us being more successful.

"Me tinkering with it might see us get better or it might not, but I'm only doing it for the right reasons."

With two away games in under a week the temptation might be to rest players, but Cook sees earning the right to play as being particularly important.

He said: "I want to win and I don't like resting players when we're winning. I think getting possession of your shirt is everything and I don't think we're winning enough at the moment.

"I know we're in a tough division and everyone's saying we're doing well but I don't think we're winning enough. I think we've got good players and we're a match for anyone in this league and my job is to make us win more."

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