Chesterfield: Spireites boss wants that top feeling

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook
Chesterfield manager Paul Cook
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Chesterfield manager Paul Cook is refusing to give up hope of lifting the League Two title.

Avoid defeat on the last day of the season at home to Fleetwood Town and the Spireites are all but assured of automatic promotion to League One, regardless of the result at Burton Albion on Sunday and barring a goalscoring spree from the chasing pack.

Four points over Easter has seen Cook’s side move to within two points of current leaders Scunthorpe United and three points clear of fourth-placed Fleetwood with two games remaining - but Cook has vowed to do his utmost to deliver the championship.

“I don’t mind saying to people that we’ve got one eye on trying to be champions,” he said. “It’s something which has never deserted us. If we aren’t champions, or we don’t go up, we’ll be the first to wish others well, but our aim is to always to be the best we can be.”

Chesterfield could overtake Scunthorpe if they beat Burton, and the Iron come a cropper on the road at Exeter City. The Grecians are lingering dangerously close to the relegation zone but have been buoyed by a recent draw at the Proact Stadium.

Spireites could secure a top three finish at the Pirelli Stadium on Sunday if they better Fleetwood’s result.

Graham Alexander’s Cod Army host fellow play-off contenders Southend United, themselves all but guaranteed a top seven finish, on Saturday.

Burton’s faint hopes of sneaking into the automatic places received a hammer blow on Easter Monday when they were held to a draw at Newport County.

It put Gary Rowett’s Brewers six points behind third-placed Rochdale with two games to go.

They can still mathematically go level with Dale and Spireites, both on 78, should they collect maximum points over the next eight days, but an inferior goal difference to the current top three makes their daunting mission almost an impossible one.

Despite seemingly destined for the end of season play-offs, Burton have proven to be a difficult team to beat on their own turf.

They have lost just once this year, to Fleetwood on January 25, having won five and drawn three of their nine home games in 2014.

They, like Chesterfield, are unbeaten in their last six league fixtures but could be forgiven for having one eye on the coming weeks and what they hope will be an additional three matches through the play-offs.

“We go to Burton backed by massive support,” said Cook.

“We’re doing our best to try and get us promoted and all we need is everyone behind us.”