Belief is key for top-six chasing Spireites, says Cook

Paul Cook
Paul Cook

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook has called for his promotion-chasers to show every ounce of their belief in trying to secure a top six spot.

Back-to-back wins over Walsall last Saurday and then away to Bradford City on Tuesday night sees the on-song Spireites sitting pretty in sixth position in League One with seven games remaining.

But Cook knows the hard work is yet to be done in what could be a dream finish to the season if all goes according to plan.

“We’ve just got to keep going, it’s the same for every game,” said Cook.

“If you win games you’ll end up where you want to be, but if you don’t, well then you won’t

“But we certainly won’t stop trying and we’ve said all along that teams finish where they do on merit.

“We’ll keep doing our best and look forward to the matches ahead of us.

“We’ve got good players and you’ve got to trust your players.

“I trust my players and we want to achieve success, so there’s no reason why we can’t do that if keep working hard.”

Next up for Cook’s side, who are one point ahead of fellow promotion-chasers Rochdale, Barnsley and Peterborough – all of whom are hot on their heels – is an away clash basement side Yeovil Town.

But Cook isn’t taking anything for granted despite his side having shown encouraging signs of achieving a top six finish.

“We must go on now and try and follow things up at Yeovil now,” stressed Cook. “It’s crucial our supporters stick with us because there’s still so much to play for.

“We’ve just to keep winning. If we don’t t then our supporters will have a poor end to the season.

“A couple of wins against Yeovil and Crewe would be brilliant, we could find ourselves in an unbelievable position.

“But we also know a couple of defeats will see us back in mid-table. That’s the nature of this division.

“However, I certainly believe and I know the players are starting too.”

Meanwhile, the club have offered professional contracts to youth team duo Laurence Maguire and Jake Beesley.