Cook pays tribute to Magpies

Ahead of the Spireites’ televised clash at home to Notts County, Paul Cook paid tribute to  the Magpies.

Speaking to the media, he said: “It’s a tough league and the games are unforgivable. At the end of the season, everyone will have played each other twice and everyone will get the points tally that you deserve.

“We are still working away, and we are still trying to make the squad better. Tomorrow, we walk into an absolutely fantastic team.

“I’ve watched them with so much admiration with how they play and how they repetitively keep going.

“Hopefully though, tomorrow we can be getting a big win, in front of a massive crowd, with our stadium bouncing like it was against West Brom.”

Friday, February 10, marks the one-year anniversary of Paul Cook returning to Chesterfield Football Club.

The manager gave an honest review into his first year back, saying: “It’s been a tough year if I’m being honest. The injuries last year were mind-blowing. My first game, that I was watching in the stands, we lost Tshimanga at Weymouth away.

“We just couldn’t get a head of steam, and we limped into the play-offs. We showed great signs at Halifax.

“We’ve had a lot of change in the summer. We’ve had two good runs this season and we’ve had two bad weeks.

“We’ve had a bad week, but my job is to galvanise the players and make them believe in themselves. To make our supporters support them and to do that, we’ve got to give them something to feed off.”

Cook gave an update on the health of the squad ahead of the big clash with league leaders Notts County.

He said: “[Akwasi] Asante has gone for a scan on Thursday. We’re just waiting for the results on his groin, which is not good.
We’ll be picking from the same squad of players – plus one.”