Chesterfield: Show your character in play-off push

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Spireites boss Paul Cook has called for his on-song side to keep showing their character as they look to secure a play-off place.

Back-to-back 1-0 victories in their last two league outings sees the Spireites healthily-placed in sixth spot.

But Cook’s ambitious side still have seven games to play before they can even contemplate the chance to contest play-off football.

“There’s a long way to go, but we showed tremendous character, especially after such a poor performance against Walsall,” said Cook.

“The players were magnificent. I can’t speak highly enough of the players at the moment, they deserve all the plaudits.

“But we’re not stupid, there’s still a long way to go.”

The Spireites take on basement boys Yeovil Town at Huish Park this afternoon, the first of two fixtures in the space of four days over the Easter period.

And Cook is wise-enough to realise that the Glovers will be no pushover despite having lost four matches in a row.

“I always expect a tough game from every team in the division, but Yeovil are fighting for their lives,” admitted Cook.

“It’s getting to that stage of the season where they need to win games.”

“They’ll see us as a game where they can get three points to keep their season going, but we see it as an opportunity to cement our place in the play-offs

“But all-in-all it will be a difficult game, although I think there’ll be goals in the game.

“I think both teams are going to play without fear. We don’t feat getting beaten, we get beaten often enough to not fear it, and Yeovil won’t fear getting beaten because they’ve been bottom of the league for a period of time.”

The Spireites will again be without striker Armand Gnanduillet, still sidelined with a hamstring.

But Byron Harrison, who scored the winner on Tuesday to beat the Bantams, is likely to start again.

Harrison suffered a family bereavement recently, but Cook hope’s the 27-year-old’s first goal of the club will be beneficial.

“Hopefully his goal will give his family a lift a time when they need it,” said Cook.

“It’s good for Byron to kick-start his career and it gives him a massive lift with our supporters, which is always huge because so far it’s been a bit of a slow start for the big man.

“He’s a player I admire. Sometimes in football it doesn’t happen for you in the first couple of weeks, but he’s a player with a lot of ability.”