Chesterfield: Spireites boss admits hopes have ended

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CHESTERFIELD boss Paul Cook knows the significance of the 2-1 defeat at relegation-threatened Torquay United on Tuesday night.

The manager rued: “We went to win the game because we knew we had to; it’s hugely disappointing for everyone.

“League tables don’t tell lies, our inconsistency has been consistent this year - two steps forward and two steps back.

“Our season hinged on this game. We took great travelling support down and they went home very disappointed, as we all are. We know as a football club we must get better and that is the message to the players, it has been since day one.

“The expectancy for our club is to deliver and, for whatever reason, we haven’t. We’re sick, we really are. By the time we’ve licked our wounds, it’s seven wins to get you there but I think you have to be a little more realistic than that.

“We’ve got to make sure we keep going and lift everyone’s spirits, it’s important we look forward to a brighter future.”

Cook will have to lift his charges for the weekend visit of former manager John Sheridan and his battling Plymouth Argyle side. The South West strugglers match neighbours’ Torquay’s win with a 2-0 triumph at Southend United.

Argyle are now two points off the drop zone whilst Chesterfield sit a massive eight points off the play-off zone which was the minimum expectation at the start of the season.

It has been confirmed that Player of the Year contender Nathan Smith will miss the remaining games of the season with a broken bone at the top of his foot.