Chesterfield: Injured Spireites star to miss last six ‘cup finals’

Chesterfield's Ollie Banks makes his way up to the Royal Box on crutches to collect his runners up medal following the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 30, 2014. See PA Story SOCCER Final. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/POOL/PA Wire. Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.
Chesterfield's Ollie Banks makes his way up to the Royal Box on crutches to collect his runners up medal following the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 30, 2014. See PA Story SOCCER Final. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/POOL/PA Wire. Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.
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Chesterfield may have lost one final but manager Paul Cook believes there are six more to come between now and the end of the season.

The Spireites boss said he was proud of the way his players conducted themselves at Wembley in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, despite defeat to Peterborough United.

Ollie Banks

Ollie Banks

He stated the experience had only fuelled his hunger for success at the club as Chesterfield target promotion to League One.

Their mission begins tomorrow at the Proact against Justin Edinburgh’s Newport County side, who have won just one in 10.

Cook said: “It’s another cup final for us now it really is.

“We’ve got to treat these games like one-off games. We’ve got to hit Newport with everything.

“We want to make them feel uncomfortable and like they don’t want to be here. They’ve had a great year, Justin’s done a really good job.

“He’s a bright young manager, who’s going to have a fantastic managerial career. They’ve had a lot of games lately.

“We’re at home, we’re trying to get promotion and we want a big crowd here on Saturday and we’ve got to make it happen.”

Cook’s side had to watch on last Saturday as their competitors for an automatic promotion spot caught up with them in the amount of games played.

League Two leaders Rochdale, second-placed Scunthorpe United and Fleetwood Town in fourth failed to take full advantage of their game in hand. Results, undoubtedly, went in Spireites’ favour. But they were dealt a blow yesterday when it was confirmed Ollie Banks is ruled out for the season.

The midfielder was substituted early on in Sunday’s JPT final after an accidental collision with Jimmy Ryan. He will be out for two months with ligament damage in his foot.

Cook said it was “heartbreaking” for the former Rotherham United man and wished him a speedy recovery.

He added: “He is a young man with a very bright future. He has to join a lot of other people willing us and cheering us on to win.

“He’ll be back stronger and better and he’s one of the bright lights for this club.”

Dan Gardner, who has only recently returned from injury, is in contention along with Mason Bennett and Dan Kearns.