Chesterfield boss issues rallying cry ahead of JPT clash

Spireites boss Paul Cook on the sidelines at Buxton by Tina Jenner
Spireites boss Paul Cook on the sidelines at Buxton by Tina Jenner
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“Grab it with both hands,” is the message from Chesterfield boss Paul Cook, as he prepares his troops for battle with Fleetwood Town in the first leg of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy northern area final tonight.

The two sides will get used to each other over the coming weeks and months - and it’s likely their three head-to-head meetings will be crucial in determining the success of both of their seasons.

The League Two promotion rivals will do battle on the final day of the campaign in a game which could be vital to the fortunes of both teams, but before then the Spireites travel to Highbury Stadium in trophy action.

The Spireites will be hoping to go a long way to booking a second Wembley date in three years, after their success in the competition in 2012.

Both teams are in similar form going in to the clash and drew 1-1 when they met in the league in October - a game which was overseen by Manchester United manager David Moyes - and Chesterfield manager Paul Cook said it was a tie to be decided by fine margins.

He said: “I genuinely think it’s a 50-50 tie. We had a really good game at their place earlier in the season which finished 1-1 and I wouldn’t be surprised if they were two really close games again.

“We are both in a similar situation in that we are in and around the promotion race and have a chance of reaching Wembley.

“We are delighted to be in this position. If any team has the chance to go to Wembley for a major national final, you should grab it with both hands.”

Cook will have the benefit of selecting his side, which overcame Oldham in the last round, from a fully fit squad.