Cook wants Chesterfield to put teams to the sword

Chesterfield FC v AFC Wimbledon Lester Goal Paul Cook
Chesterfield FC v AFC Wimbledon Lester Goal Paul Cook

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook wants his players to reap the rewards of their recent performances by being more ruthless in front of goal.

The Spireites have chalked up seven wins from their eight League Two games so far this season and boast the tightest defence in the division.

Cook’s side have found the back of the net 14 times this campaign - just two behind the league’s top scorers Oxford United.

But the manager, whose side is preparing for the visit of rivals Mansfield Town on Saturday, wants his team to finish teams off when given the chance.

He said: “We’re creating chances and doing a lot of good things but I feel like we can be a little bit more ruthless in front of goal.

“We’re not killing teams off as much as we should. We have enough chances in games to score more goals and that’s something we’re looking at.”

Chesterfield go into tomorrow’s derby against the Stags top of the division and Cook said he hoped his side embrace the atmosphere at the Proact Stadium.

“It’s going to be a great occasion for the area,” he said.

“We know what it means to our supporters but we also know what it means to be top of the league and get promoted. One thing we know from our players is that we turn up and we’ve got an ability at the moment to dig out a result.”

Paul Cox’s Mansfield are undefeated in seven and have won their last two. Cook added: “We’ve got great respect for them.

“They’re having a fantastic year and Paul’s done a really good job. To get out of that Conference is really tough and to go on the run they went on showed character, team spirit and great work ethic.

“They’ve not taken long to find their feet in the league. They’ve had some strong results and they’re going in the right direction, so we’re all looking forward to the game.”

Marc Richards is expected to be in contention again for the Spireites after missing the 1-0 win away at Oxford with a thigh strain.