CHESTERFIELD: Resurgent Spireites eye play-off spot

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Three wins on the trot have put Spireites within three points of the play-off zone.

Home victories over Oxford and Cheltenham were followed by Saturday’s backs-to-the-wall 1-0 win at Plymouth Argyle. Paul Cook said of the hat-trick of three pointers: “It’s a pleasing thing as a manager because people want to judge you on how you want to play and how you want to pass, but I just want to win.

“It’s a massive thing in football, people don’t always realise that, we just want to win. It’s pleasing that we can go away and show some character and we certainly had some great performances defensively (at Plymouth) and at times we were very good.”

League One leaders Tranmere Rovers are next up, in the FA Cup at Prenton Park. Cook says the pressures are just the same: “We just want to win,” he said. “It makes no difference to me, cup or league or who we play. The passion for any football match should never diminish. I tell our players all of the time that good sides always turn up.”

Two men will be unable to play at the weekend. Twenty year old Chris Atkinson has been recalled by parent club Huddersfield Town. Cook had initially thought that his youth loan would be extended by another month, but that’s not turned out to be the case.

Also missing will be Jay O’Shea, yet to make his Chesterfield debut after being borrowed from MK Dons. He’ll be ineligible after playing, and scoring, for his host club in their first round win over Cambridge City.