SPIREITES: Chesterfield boss Paul Cook looking towards Bradford City clash with renewed optimism after win over Walsall

Paul Cook
Paul Cook

Paul Cook believes Chesterfield can look forward to Tuesday night’s clash against Bradford City with renewed optimism.

The Spireites left it late against Walsall - Sam Hird netting the winner five minutes from time - and moved two points closer to the top six in League One.

Cook admitted Saturday’s game at home to Walsall wasn’t always pretty on the eye but thought his Chesterfield side got the luck they were missing last week.

“It wasn’t a good game,” said Cook. “It was a tough game for supporters from both sides to watch, Walsall probably deserved a draw at the end of the day for their organisation and work ethic but sometimes you don’t get what you deserve.

“We were victims of that last week at Peterborough. The way Walsall set up I thought they looked dangerous late on and we were probably in danger of losing the game at one stage. We don’t disappoint in honesty and effort and it keeps us in that picture.”

He added: “With the games ticking down now, they become more pressurised for everyone, but not for us. I think we’ve got the ability to go, play and win games and if we don’t that’s the way it goes.”

The Spireites manager will give his players the Monday off before travelling up to Valley Parade to play a Bradford side level on points with Chesterfield and a game in hand. Tuesday’s opponents beat Oldham 2-0 at home.

“The most important thing for us now is keeping the lads fresh and raring to go because results now - wins now - won’t half put us in a strong position,” said Cook, who has set his sights on Rochdale in sixth place.

“Not only have we ensured our status in the division, which is always huge, we can look to the last games as they are ticking down and wonder what if. We keep going, with eight games to go last year they were above us and we were chasing them (Rochdale) down so hopefully we can finish above them this year as well.”

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