Chesterfield not getting carried away after win at Bradford, says Paul Cook

Bradford vs Chesterfield - Paul Cook - Pic By James Williamson
Bradford vs Chesterfield - Paul Cook - Pic By James Williamson

Chesterfield moved back in to the top six on Tuesday night with a 1-0 win over play-off rivals Bradford City.

Byron Harrison struck the decisive blow at a rain-soaked Valley Parade for his first goal in a Spireites shirt since his January switch from Cheltenham Town.

Consecutive victories for Chesterfield have elevated Paul Cook’s side from 12th to sixth in the space of four days, as the race for a play-off place hots up.

Eight teams are separated by five points with seven games left and the majority of those teams have to play one another between now and the end of the season.

Cook, whose side travel to bottom of the league Yeovil on Good Friday and host Crewe at the Proact Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday, was proud of his players.

“The players were magnificent,” said Cook. “We knew we were going to make a change or two here, not many teams have come here and won, but the character, the work ethic and the desire - and on top of that for Byron Harrison to get his first goal for the club - all in all it’s a good night. But there’s a long way to go.”

It followed a narrow victory over Walsall on Saturday (March 28) - when Sam Hird popped up with an 85th-minute winner - and ensured back-to-back clean sheets.

Cook made changes for the trip to Bradford and was forced in to another one when Armand Gnanduillet picked up an injury in the warm-up and Harrison was drafted in.

“I thought Byron was excellent tonight. He showed people the reasons why we’ve signed him. He’s had a family bereavement and it’s been a bit stop-start but there’s a player in Byron.

“Sometimes it doesn’t happen for you in a week or two at a football club, you must be given a bit of time,” added Cook.