Chesterfield have plenty to play for, says boss Paul Cook ahead of Walsall test

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook

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Chesterfield manager Paul Cook believes there is still plenty for his side to play for this season.

The Spireites take on Walsall at the Proact Stadium on Saturday (March 28) looking to bounce back after a narrow defeat to play-off contenders Peterborough United.

The result extended the gap between Chesterfield and the top six to five points and midweek results elsewhere saw Cook’s side slip to 12th in the League One table.

A 3-0 win for Oldham Athletic on Tuesday night over Rochdale saw them jump above the Spireites, who still have a game in hand on most of their rivals in the run-in.

“There are a massive nine games ahead and plenty to play for,” said Cook, who expects playmaker Gary Roberts to have shaken off a knock for the arrival of Walsall.

Chesterfield enjoyed plenty of possession at London Road but were unable to find the same scoring touch as they had done a few days before at home to Gillingham.

“We had great situations against Peterborough and as a visiting team you’ve got to score and unfortunately that’s our Achilles’ heel - at Crewe, at Fleetwood and other games when we’ve played equally as well without scoring.

“When you’re a passing team that will always be what people offer up against you. We’ve got to get on with that, you’ve got to have a belief in what you do. I’ve got a great belief in the players and what they do,” added Cook.