Paul Cook has urged Chesterfield supporters to ‘show their colours’ on Saturday when the Spireites take on Fleetwood Town at the Proact Stadium.
Chesterfield go in to the clash on the back of four consecutive defeats, which has seen them slip out of the play-off places in recent weeks, and Cook has encouraged the home support to make it a cauldron of noise.
The latest was a narrow loss at Spotland against a Rochdale side, promoted along with the Spireites last season and who have flirted with the top six as well this term, edged it through Ian Henderson’s second half strike.
Chesterfield have fond memories of the last time Fleetwood visited the town on the last day of last season when they turned around a half-time deficit to take the three points and lift the League Two championship.
And Cook has asked the home faithful to rekindle some of that same atmosphere experienced in the early days of May this coming Saturday - in what he described as the biggest game of the Spireites’ season to date.
He said: “It’s important that the mood stays good. Fleetwood now becomes the biggest game we’ve had. Now is when we need our support, now is when you show your colours. It’s easy to be negative, we’ve not had four defeats before in my time, these players haven’t just become bad. We’ve lost to Scunthorpe and Rochdale when we haven’t lost to them in two years.
“The confidence starts to drain but it’s my job to lift everyone and I ask the supporters to create that atmosphere where we’re top of the league and let’s have one of those performances at home we’ve had in the past.”
There were welcomed sights for the travelling Spireites contingent at Rochdale with the return of Gary Roberts, who had missed a month with a hamstring strain, and Ollie Banks drafted back in to the starting line-up.
Cook continued: “The players have done ever so well for me and this football club. Now is the time for us all to show that bit of character, that little bit of spark to get us where we want to be.
“What we must not do now is chop and change. I must show how much I’ve come on as a manager and learn from what I’ve done wrong in the past. Chopping and changing will not get us where we want to be. What will is consistency in team selections, consistency in players performances, our lads stepping up to the plate, myself and the staff stepping up to the plate and also our supporters, who have been magnificent with us this year, staying with us and getting behind us.”