Boss ready for tough challenge

Manager Paul Cook is expecting a ‘very difficult game’ against a ‘formidable’ Solihull Moors side in Sunday’s play-off semi-final.

Speaking to the media, he said: “I’m expecting a really good game of football, a really good test. They are a very well coached team. They’ve got good players all over the pitch.

“They’ve got two or three different styles of play; they can adapt during the game, and they are good.

“They take their place in the semi-final absolutely on merit and we are in for a very difficult game. We are playing a formidable opponent in Solihull, and we know how tough the game will be.

“We’ve got to go over there and try our best to win the game. We’ll prepare well with no excuses on Sunday.”

The Spireites progressed to this stage after a 2-1 win on Tuesday over FC Halifax Town at The Shay.

Over 2,000 supporters travelled to West Yorkshire. Cook was pleased for the fans and hopes to give them more.

Cook said: “I’m really pleased that our supporters had Tuesday night. This season has promised so much. Our injuries are there for all to see. That’s life.

“On Tuesday night we gave them a lot of pride back and that was important. Now the challenge is, we have got to give them more.”

Danny Rowe scored the opener in the play-off eliminator victory but was forced off in the 70th minute.

In an Instagram post, Rowe revealed that his season was open and Cook stated his support for the striker.

“All my heart, my sympathy goes out to Danny,” Cook said. “He’s a great lad. His season was curtailed on Tuesday night again. He was so wanting and willing to help this club get promoted.

“His first thoughts after the game were could he play on Sunday. Everything we can do as a club will be for Danny’s future.

“We all hope to see Danny on the pitch again – that would be the best feeling in the world. Unfortunately for us all, it won’t be this season. Danny is going to be requiring some more help and assistance to get over his issue.

“That day will hopefully come soon where we will all see Danny Rowe like we saw him on Tuesday night, with a massive smile on his face, in front of Chesterfield fans, scoring goals. That picture will stay with me.”