Chesterfield FC boss Paul Cook calls for patience as Spireites close in on play-off place

Chesterfield vs Crewe - Paul Cook giving out instructions - Pic By James Williamson
Chesterfield vs Crewe - Paul Cook giving out instructions - Pic By James Williamson

Spireites boss Paul Cook says players and fans must be patient as Chesterfield close in on a League One play-off spot.

Chesterfield moved four points clear of nearest chasers Rochdale after Tendayi Darikwa’s goal sealed a 1-0 win over Crewe on Easter Monday.

It was Chesterfield’s fourth win in a row as Cook’s men look to build up the momentum needed to seal their spot in the end-of-season play-offs.

But Cook knows there will be plenty of twists and turns to come in the home stretch.

“Football can take you in places you don’t expect and we need to keep our feet firmly on the ground, which we will do,” said Cook.

“You can guarantee there will be plenty of twists and turns to come, no-one is stupid.

“Football is a strange game, one minute players are heroes, the next they are villians and we must just stay patient.

“If you keep going and keep believing then there is no reason why we can’t do it.

“All the players were excellent against Crewe and we march on.

“I have got no interest at the moment other than playing Barnsley at the weekend.

“I don’t like to single individual players out, they were all excellent. Ryan and Morsy were excellent, Roberts was as creative as ever, Drew Talbot has come back in to the squad and looked like he has never been out, Ian Evatt and Sam Hird were great at the back.”

Cook was also full of praise for the supporters and described them as the club’s 12th man.

“We have made sure we have kept our supporters interested and that is the most pleasing thing for me,” he said.

“I imagine we will travel well to Barnsley and the fans will get behind us. Our 12th man was excellent against Crewe, the fans have a vital part to play,

“We will keep doing our best to make the fans proud.”

Chesterfield face fading Barnsley at the weekend, before ending the season with games against Colchester, Oldham, Bristol City and Sheffield United.