CHESTERFIELD: Boss wants aggression as he tells Spireites to start as they finish

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SPIREITES boss Paul Cook wants his side to be more assertive, after coming from a goal down to draw 1-1 at home to Burton Albion.

He said: “We never got going in the first half, a lot of it is mentality and being strong. We thought we could just turn up, but it doesn’t happen like that. You must start on the front foot and be aggressive.”

Cook added: “We’ve got to respect that teams come here to stop us playing, not to let us play well. I thought Burton were terrific in the first half, they frustrated us and we played into their hands. We were slow, predictable and made bad decisions.”

But he was pleased with the second half, adding: “That was everything we weren’t in the second half, we were absolutely fantastic. When you don’t win games and you play like that, I’ve got no problems. Our supporters will have gone home and they know that if we play like we did in the second half, we’ll be okay.”

The Spireites now prepare to visit 12-game unbeaten Southend United. Manager of the Month Paul Sturrock saw his side two down with 10 minutes to play against Bradford City last weekend. However the Shrimpers grabbed an injury-time equaliser.

Cook will be hoping that the hamstring tweak felt by Luis Boa Morte will have eased, although he will be without the suspended Jack Lester.