Chesterfield: Cook wants to halt Spireites’ slide

Chesterfield FC v Nottingham Forest Paul Cook
Chesterfield FC v Nottingham Forest Paul Cook
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Paul Cook is hoping to celebrate his one year anniversary at the Chesterfield helm by bringing his side’s recent slide to a halt.

The Spireites face Bristol Rovers without a win in five League Two games in a run of disappointing results that has coincided with injuries and Gary Roberts’ suspension.

Cook admitted his side has lost their way after a sensational start but maintained a strong belief in the squad to turn it around.

He said: “Early on in the season there were no changes, now we’re chopping and changing a bit more than I’d like to due to. They are the same lads who made us very good at the start of the year.

“We lost our way a little bit. But we’ve got a message for our supporters - we’re not going anywhere. We’ll keep going and getting stronger.

“The support we’ve had from 99.9 per cent of people has been nothing short of top of the league, and we’ll get back to where they want us to be.

“It hurts us not being top of the league and not winning every week but it just shows how far we’ve come in such a short space of time.”

On the previous 12 months he added: “It’s been an amazing time at the club. It really is a learning curve but all you can ever be as a manager is honest. I can’t decide how long I’ll be Chesterfield manager, results determine that.

“Our target this year is to get promoted and we’re sticking to that. We’re going in the right direction in terms of points and position, current form says not. My job is to address the current form.”

Armand Gnanduillet and Jamie Devitt caught the eye in Tuesday night’s fight back against York City in an encouraging performance from Chesterfield.

Tendayi Darikwa is expected to return to the side in the absence of Drew Talbot, who remains sidelined through injury.