Boss praises “unwavering support for the team”

Boss praises “unwavering support for the team”

Paul Cook spoke with optimism after the Spireites drew 0-0 with Woking to secure their place in the National League play-offs, where they will travel to face FC Halifax Town, hoping to reach the semi-finals.

Cook said: “We probably got into the play-offs like I thought we might, like I thought we would. At times very painful, stuttering, not playing very well but we’re in the play-offs.

“The biggest bonus today was the crowd and the stadium looked great.

“The pitch is coming back to what we all know,and our supporters are good, they’re solid, they crave to deliver that success that they have seen at this stadium before.

“As a manager, it made me so proud to see that unwavering support for the team, it was fantastic.

“We’re not playing well, it’s there for everyone. And criticism of players and criticism of other stuff is no good in the modern game.

“These players are well aware of what we are playing for, they are well aware of what it means to our supporters.

“You’ve only got to come out onto the pitch, into that 9,000 cauldron today to know that these fans crave success.

“We have to be based off a lot more honesty and work ethic at the moment.

“We’re not going to evolve into some mad team that’s going to play open, expansive football, we’re nowhere near those levels.

“We go to Halifax now in the play-offs and it will be a big night for us and hopefully it can be a good night.

“One thing we know is that our supporters will turn up, we know that 100%, and we have got to do our best as a team to make sure that we turn up.”

Commenting on Halifax, Cook added: “Great team, good club, good manager, got good players, very well versed in how they play, very solid, got good players, got good players at the top end of the pitch, so we’re going to have to tough night.

“But we have got to make sure that Halifax have a tough night as well.”