Chesterfield: Spireites reward manager’s faith

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Chesterfield manager Paul Cook believes his players deserve a ‘big pat on the back’ after claiming automatic promotion to League One.

The Spireites boss says his faith in his side’s ability to achieve a place in the third tier of English football has never wavered this season.

That confidence and belief was rewarded on Sunday when a 2-0 win over Burton Albion secured at least a top three finish in League Two.

Cook’s side cannot be caught by the chasing play-off pack and have moved into pole position for the crowing glory - the championship.

“We laid out our foundations for the club at the start of the season. With the chairman (Dave Allen), Chris Turner (CEO) and the board of directors, we’re a very ambitious club,” said Cook.

“When you manage an ambitious club, sometimes there are bumps and bruises along the way, you have to put up with a bit of criticism but I’ve always felt the squad was comfortably good enough to get promoted.”

Gary Rowett’s Brewers attempted to put the skids on Chesterfield’s promotion charge but the visitors to the Pirelli remained balanced.

Cook, who also won Manager of the Year at the annual Star Football Awards last night, said: “I think it’s time my players got a massive pat on the back.”