Spireites: Paul Cook remains grounded after Chesterfield hit the heights of League Two

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Chesterfield manager Paul Cook is refusing to get carried away after his side hit the summit of League Two.

The Spireites recorded back-to-back away victories on Tuesday night when they eased past York City 2-0 thanks to goals from Eoin Doyle and Gary Roberts.

It followed three points at Northampton Town on Saturday and Cook said he was pleased with the way his players have responded over the last two games.

He said: “I thought we started well as we did at Northampton on Saturday. I thought (Eoin) Doyle’s goal was top drawer, absolutely top class finish.

“The game got a little bit easy for us if truth be told, we got a bit sloppy in possession and we started to make one or two mistakes but you’ve got to give the lads great credit to come through the two away fixtures, with the pitches as they are, and after the disappointment at Southend and then against Rochdale, I think the lads have responded magnificently.

“We’ve got good players at this club. My hardest part sometimes is keeping all the players happy. The atmosphere in the dressing room is very good.

“The players are very strong together at the minute. The way to win promotion is to win football games, it’s not to speak about it, not to beat yourself up when you get beat and make excuses about different stuff.

“It’s a good result for us and that’s all it is. It’s another game gone and it’s another few points to where we want to be. There is nothing won, there’s nothing lost, there’s a long way to go.”

Bootham Crescent has proven to be a happy hunting ground for Chesterfield in years gone past and they stretched that unbeaten record to 11 with what Cook called a ‘professional’ display.

The record stretches back more than 23 years. The last time the Spireites were on the receiving end of an away defeat to their Yorkshire opponents was a 4-0 reverse on April 21, 1990.

Tuesday night’s result stretched their unbeaten record against York - home or away - to 18 and Cook’s current crop of players were good value for it to move ahead of Scunthorpe United in the promotion race.

Scunthorpe were held to a goalless draw at home to third placed Fleetwood Town on Monday night and Tuesday’s results went in Chesterfield’s favour.

Rochdale, in fourth, were left frustrated when their clash at Northampton Town was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

While Oxford United moved up to fifth with a 0-0 draw at Exeter City ahead of Southend United, on goal difference, who dropped to sixth with a 1-1 draw away at Dagenham and Redbridge.

Burton Albion complete the play-off picture despite their scheduled game at Torquay United falling victim to the weather.

The Spireites face Bristol Rovers at the Proact Stadium on Saturday.