Chesterfield: Cook warns his players to ‘respect the shirt’

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Chesterfield manager Paul Cook will be hoping his side can reproduce the type of performance which saw his side dump Rochdale out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy when the two sides go head to head tonight in League Two.

The Spireites produced an impressive performance to overcome Keith Hill’s Dale side thanks to goals from Armand Gnanduillet and a brace from Ollie Banks when the sides met in November at the Proact Stadium.

And Cook will be looking for more of the same from his players from that meeting rather than labour over a disappointing day at Roots Hall on Saturday, which saw his side go down 3-0 to one of their promotion rivals, Southend.

Cook said: “I think it’s important to recognise that the games are coming thick and fast. If you get the chance to wear the shirt you must respect it. If you don’t respect it the likelihood is that you could lose it, and that’s the type of ethos we’re trying to set at the club.

“One of the things you’ve got to learn quickly is that you can’t just turn up at an away ground and play a style of football you want. I call it game management. Unfortunately, our players don’t recognise it so well at the minute. But a lot of these lads are still learning.

“It was a different challenge on Saturday and we fell short. I don’t make any bones about it, we fell short. I must make sure the next time we go away from home like that we don’t fall short again.”

Rochdale, meanwhile, were the biggest winners on Saturday when they beat Plymouth by the same scoreline to move up to second in the table ahead of tonight’s clash. Dale have won four of their last five in the league, losing only to leaders Scunthorpe.

It was an incident-filled game when the two sides met at Spotland in the reverse league fixture earlier in the campaign when they drew 2-2.