SPIREITES: Chesterfield FC boss Paul Cook keen to make home advantage count

Walsall vs Chesterfield - Paul Cook has plenty to think about- Pic By James Williamson
Walsall vs Chesterfield - Paul Cook has plenty to think about- Pic By James Williamson

There is no place like home, for Chesterfield boss Paul Cook.

The Spireites manager is hoping home advantage will give his side the springboard needed to pick up much-needed points in League One.

Chesterfield slipped to a second league defeat in the space of a week when they went down 1-0 to Walsall on Saturday at Banks’s Stadium.

Cook’s side entertain Swindon Town on Tuesday night at the Proact Stadium before Yeovil Town are the visitors on Saturday (November 1).

“We’ve got two home games now. There’s no better place than at home to start picking up points,” said the Spireites boss after the final whistle at Walsall.

“We’ve got to stay strong and stay as positive as you can be. It’s difficult league with very strong teams in it.

“We wanted to come here (Walsall) and be more solid and harder to beat, the disappointing thing is we haven’t kept a clean sheet, when we’ve set up to do that, and score.

“I felt we had enough breakaways first half to score, but obviously when Walsall score it takes the life out of us and our players are going through a period of feeling sorry for yourself.

“As a professional footballer, a sports person, that’s wrong. You’re lucky to be a sports person. We’ve had a 1,000 people here and it’s a privilege to play in front of them.

“Sometimes you’ve got to get your shoulders out and as a manager, our players, I’ll make sure they do.”

Cook gave a start to new recruit Oscar Gobern, who arrived at the club on loan from Huddersfield Town in the week, in a 4-1-4-1 formation.

“We want to be more of a threat,” added Cook. “Tactics and formations are over-exaggerated. The reason you play a defensive midfielder is to help you to defend and today we haven’t done it so it hasn’t worked.

“I think you’ve got to be careful when experimenting, every point is precious in this league. We’ve had a good start in the league and now we’re hitting a bumpy road.

“What we must do is not think that everything is all right in the camp. The last time we came in to this division, we were relegated.

“The most important thing for us is building for the future, making us stronger and stronger but also winning football games.”

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