Boss Cook’s Spireites set for Posh examination

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Spireites have a tough test this afternoon as they host Darren Ferguson’s Peterborough United.

It’s a fixture Chesterfield manager Paul Cook has been looking forward to.

He said: “We move on to two great games now, very attractive fixtures. Peterborough at home on Boxing Day was always going to be a big game and our fans will be looking forward to travelling to Coventry on Sunday.

I haven’t seen a lot of Peterborough. Mitch [Paul Mitchell, chief scout] has seen them a few times and Darren’s struggled with injuries and they always affect you.

“The last memory we’ve got is playing them at Wembley (in the JPT Final in March) when we played very well but were beaten.

“It’s an attractive fixture, we go above them if we win; there’ll be a good crowd and our fans have had a lift after the win at Gillingham after the MK Dons episode.”

The Proact Stadium side has lost just once in eight games in league and cup following on from a barren run that has helped shaped Cook’s managerial style.

He added: “The last couple of months have been a great learning curve for me as a manager. Me and my staff have never managed at this level before and when we had a bad run you find out more about yourself and your players that when you’re winning.

“I like to keep the place happy and bubbly and if you look at the league table now we’re still short of where we want to be and the objective for us all is clear, to keep going, looking up rather than down and you don’t know where we can end up.”

Eoin Doyle looks set to return after missing the weekend win at Gillingham with a slight hamstring strain whilst Dan Jones may have to bide his time for a return, after the left back’s three match suspension ended.