Cook relishing Chesterfield’s FA Cup clash with Tranmere Rovers

Chesterfield v Cheltenham Town Paul Cook and Tommy Wright

Chesterfield v Cheltenham Town Paul Cook and Tommy Wright

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CHESTERFIELD travel to Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup this weekend full of confidence following three consecutive wins in the league.

Marc Richards’ solitary second-half strike sealed a 1-0 victory over Plymouth to strengthen the club’s position in the top half of the League Two table.

It came after back-to-back home wins for the Spireites, who will be looking to carry that momentum into Saturday’s second round cup tie at Prenton Park.

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook said: “We’ve put ourselves in a good league position now. We turn our attention to the cup and we can’t wait to play Tranmere.

“We’re on a good run and long may it continue. We go there looking to win the game.”

The Spireites already boast one League One scalp in the FA Cup this year - a week after Cook was appointed.

Chesterfield hit rock-bottom Hartlepool for six in the first round of the competition in November.

Goals from Scott Boden, Mark Randall, Craig Clay, Terrell Forbes, Jack Lester and Craig Westcarr rounded off a memorable day for the club.

They will be hoping for more of the same against a Tranmere side, who currently sit top of League One.

Ronnie Moore’s side flew out of the blocks earlier this season when they went 12 games unbeaten, which included a 2-1 win over the Spireites in the first round of the League Cup.

They have wobbled slightly of late, however, and go into the clash without a win in the last four games in front of their own supporters.

But a 1-1 draw away at Stevenage at the weekend extended their lead temporarily at the top of the table to three points before Doncaster’s 1-0 win over Oldham on Tuesday night.

Jake Cassidy bagged his 11th goal of the season in that game and the 19-year-old will be a handful for a Chesterfield defence that has steadily improved in recent weeks.

 

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