Chesterfield: Spireites boss ponders late play-off bid

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MANAGER Paul Cook knows the importance of this afternoon’s home game with Bradford City.

“It’s a game a lot of people didn’t think we’d be involved in but, with four games to go, if we win on Saturday then the season continues,” said the Spireites boss.

“We know we’re going to face a strong Bradford side, but we’re a very strong side at the minute as well and in very good form.”

He added: “If we play as well as we did against Port Vale, I’m very confident we’ll win the game.”

“When we lost at Torquay everyone said the season was over. But we’ve seen, in football, that strange things happen, every year a team breaks into the play-offs. Whether we’re that team or not this season remains to be seen.”

Richard Brindley and Armand Gnanduillet are both in the squad after losing out last weekend amidst contract wrangling. Brindley will almost certainly start but the Frenchman may have to be satisfied with a bench spot.

Marc Richards is also likely to be on the bench after shaking off his ankle ligament injury a little quicker than expected but Cook will be hope he doesn’t have to call on him with John Sheridan’s Plymouth Argyle due in town on Tuesday - ex-Spireites boss Sheridan was named League Two Manager of the Month yesterday.

Phil Parkinson’s Bradford, unchanged in their last three games, all won, look set to stick with the same side that’s brought in nine big points.