Blues target FA Cup to get back to winning ways

Chesterfield FC manager Paul Cook.
Chesterfield FC manager Paul Cook.

Resolute Chesterfield FC manager Paul Cook is determined to get the Spireites back to winning ways as they prepare to take on Daventry Town in the first round of the FA Cup on Saturday, November 9.

Despite a storming start to the season with an eight-game unbeaten run helping to secure their current third place spot in the Sky Bet League Two, they have drawn four out of their last five league games and not won in the last seven league matches.

But manager Cook revealed at a club press conference today, Thursday, November 7, that he feels the Blues have been caught getting deeper and deeper as games have progressed and they are now looking to be more forward-thinking.

Reflecting on Saturday’s draw with Scunthorpe, Cook said: “I felt we were getting deeper and deeper and not making good decisions with possession. We didn’t play football and squeeze them out.” He added: ”We have to change the way we play and get more men forward”

After viewing a DVD of the match with players, Cook took some positives from the fact Scunthorpe had struggled to put the Spireites goal under pressure in the second half, but conceded the team needs to be winning and scoring more goals.

Cook said: “The disappointment is the lack of goals we’ve scored. We need to get further up the pitch and get more men in the box. I feel we must do that to win our games.”

The Spireites will take on Southern League Division One Central side Daventry on Saturday in the FA Cup, Rochdale in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy quarter final on Tuesday and go to Torquay in the league on Saturday, November 16.

Cook said: “The FA Cup is a special game and everyone is looking forward to it. We’ve got a tough game on Saturday and must approach it in a professional and cold, calculated manner.”

Cook, who believes the FA Cup is “the stuff dreams are made of” stressed that he wants the Blues to do well in the competition with the prospect of facing the country’s best teams in the third round.

He added: “It’s been too long since we’ve won as a football club and we want to get that good Saturday night feeling.”