Cook relishing Chesterfield’s FA Cup clash with Tranmere Rovers

Chesterfield v Cheltenham Town Paul Cook and Tommy Wright
Chesterfield v Cheltenham Town Paul Cook and Tommy Wright

CHESTERFIELD travel to Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup this weekend full of confidence following three consecutive wins in the league.

Marc Richards’ solitary second-half strike sealed a 1-0 victory over Plymouth to strengthen the club’s position in the top half of the League Two table.

It came after back-to-back home wins for the Spireites, who will be looking to carry that momentum into Saturday’s second round cup tie at Prenton Park.

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook said: “We’ve put ourselves in a good league position now. We turn our attention to the cup and we can’t wait to play Tranmere.

“We’re on a good run and long may it continue. We go there looking to win the game.”

The Spireites already boast one League One scalp in the FA Cup this year - a week after Cook was appointed.

Chesterfield hit rock-bottom Hartlepool for six in the first round of the competition in November.

Goals from Scott Boden, Mark Randall, Craig Clay, Terrell Forbes, Jack Lester and Craig Westcarr rounded off a memorable day for the club.

They will be hoping for more of the same against a Tranmere side, who currently sit top of League One.

Ronnie Moore’s side flew out of the blocks earlier this season when they went 12 games unbeaten, which included a 2-1 win over the Spireites in the first round of the League Cup.

They have wobbled slightly of late, however, and go into the clash without a win in the last four games in front of their own supporters.

But a 1-1 draw away at Stevenage at the weekend extended their lead temporarily at the top of the table to three points before Doncaster’s 1-0 win over Oldham on Tuesday night.

Jake Cassidy bagged his 11th goal of the season in that game and the 19-year-old will be a handful for a Chesterfield defence that has steadily improved in recent weeks.