SPIREITES: ‘One down six cup finals to go,’ says Chesterfield boss

NDET 1-2-14 MC 1'Chesterfield v Bristol Paul Cook
NDET 1-2-14 MC 1'Chesterfield v Bristol Paul Cook
Have your say

Chesterfield may have lost one trophy final but manager Paul Cook believes there are six more to come between now and the end of the season.

The Spireites boss said he was proud of the way his players conducted themselves at Wembley in the JP Trophy, despite defeat to Peterborough United.

He stated the experience had only fuelled his hunger for success at the club as Chesterfield target promotion to League One in the coming weeks.

Their mission begins tomorrow (Saturday) at the Proact Stadium against Justin Edinburgh’s Newport County side who have won just one of their last ten.

Cook said: “It’s another cup final for us now it really is. We’ve got to treat these games like one off games. We’ve got to hit Newport with everything.

“We want to make them feel uncomfortable and like they don’t want to be here. They’ve had a great year, Justin’s done a really good job.

“He’s a bright young manager, who’s going to have a fantastic managerial career. They’ve had a lot of games lately.

“We’re at home, we’re trying to get promotion and we want a big crowd here on Saturday and we’ve got to make it happen.”

Cook’s side had to watch on last Saturday as their competitors for an automatic promotion spot caught up with them in the amount of games played.

League Two leaders Rochdale, second-placed Scunthorpe United and Fleetwood Town in fourth all failed to take full advantage of their game in hand.

Rochdale were held by Fleetwood, Scunthorpe dropped two points at home to Wycombe Wanderers, Burton Albion had to settle for a point at York City.

Results, undoubtedly, went in their favour. But the Spireites were dealt a blow yesterday when it was confirmed Ollie Banks was ruled out for the season.

The midfielder was substituted early on in Sunday’s JPT final after an accidental collision with Jimmy Ryan. He will be out for two months with ligament damage in his foot.

Cook said it was “heartbreaking” for the former Rotherham United youngster and wished him a speedy recovery.

He added: “He is a young man with a very bright future. He has to join a lot of other people willing us and cheering us on to win.

“He’ll be back stronger and better and he’s one of the bright lights for this football club.”

Dan Gardner, who has been in training for the past fortnight, is in contention along with loanees Mason Bennett and Dan Kearns.