SPIREITES: Attack the best form of defence for Chesterfield FC boss Paul Cook against Swindon Town

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook
Chesterfield boss Paul Cook

Paul Cook will send his Chesterfield side out to attack League One table toppers Swindon Town.

The Spireites boss is under no illusions of how difficult a task it will be to come away from the County Ground with three points, against a Robins side who have won eight of the last ten in the league.

But that won’t stop an in-form Chesterfield, on the cusp of the play-offs after a four-match unbeaten run and with a game in hand over sixth-placed Sheffield United, from trying to do just that on Saturday.

“We’ll go and attack,” he said. “We’ll have a go at them, try to create chances and score. If you let Swindon have the ball and drop deep you’ll end up getting beaten. They have players who can hurt you, to hurt them you must attack.

“We must get men forward but what that will do is leave you vulnerable at the back, the same it does everyone else. We’re going to see if we can go and score goals like we did at Bristol City, where we left with a lot of respect.”

Cook went to watch Swindon reclaim top spot in the table on Monday night, when they steamrolled Coventry City 3-0 on their own patch, and was impressed with what he saw from the division’s current pace setters.

He said of Mark Cooper’s side: “It’s a pleasure to go and watch teams like Swindon. It was everything I like from a modern game of football, they play the right way and handle the ball well all over the pitch.

“Their fitness levels are very good because they all want the ball. They’re a really good side. Nothing is won in January but they have the hallmarks of a team that get promoted and, barring Saturday, I hope they do.”

Swindon are the only team to have beaten Chesterfield by more than a one-goal margin in the league this season when they left the Proact Stadium with a 3-0 win on Tuesday, October 28 - a date Cook remembers well.

“I feel that we can be better than we were on that night,” said Cook. “I feel that we can add qualities to what we can do on the pitch that we didn’t do on that night out in possession of the ball.

“We’ve been preparing for Swindon since Tuesday night (January 13) and it’s one that I’m very much looking forward to, it’s a game that I think will be a very good game against a very good side.”