Assistant-manager Danny Webb highlighted the importance of proving people wrong ahead of the Spireites’ National League fixture against Solihull Moors.
Speaking to the media he said: “We’ve got to go out tomorrow against a very tough Solihull team, with a few things against us. People on the outside will be looking at us – just like the Eastleigh game.
“They are a good team with good players and an experienced manager. Lots of players in different positions. They are powerful and are a good side.
“Whoever you are playing against in this league will be tough. There will be a big crowd in for the return of the manager, which everyone is looking forward to so much.
“We know we’ve got to be on it to get anything from the game.”
Paul Cook’s return to Chesterfield after seven years was announced last week and he is set to take charge of his first home game.
Webb spoke about how the first week under the new manager has gone and little changes that he has brought to the Technique Stadium.
He said: “It’s been good and really positive. He really wants to get to know the place and made a few changes around the building. The two days he’s taken training this week have been really good.
“The lads understand what he wants for tomorrow. Everything has been done with a sense of positivity but also with a sense of we want to get promotion. We are all enjoying it so much.”
Webb gave an update on striker Kabongo Tshimanga after his devastating injury in the 1-1 draw against Weymouth last Saturday.
“It was a successful operation, which is great,” Webb said. “We spoke to him yesterday before the operation and he was in good spirits. That’s the main thing at this time.
“He’s got a good support network around him. His mind now is all about starting that first step on the road to recovery.”
The assistant manager also spoke about a couple of other long-term injuries, stating: “Manny Oyeleke will be out tomorrow; he’s torn his calf. As it stands, we are looking at four to six weeks.
“[Luke Croll] has been assessed and it’s a long-termer sadly. It’s going to be at least two to three months.”