Chesterfield: Spireites will not rest on their laurels, says Cook

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Having already secured promotion from League Two, Chesterfield boss Paul Cook isn’t one to rest on his laurels.

Sunday’s win at Burton Albion moved the Spireites into pole position in the division for the first time in over a month.

Defeat at Plymouth Argyle on March 18 opened the door to their competitors, Rochdale and Scunthorpe United.

But an unbeaten seven-game streak, helped by the defeat of Burton, has seen Chesterfield lead their rivals once more.

A sold out Proact Stadium will cheer Chesterfield on against Fleetwood Town on Saturday, as they look to make that hope a reality.

“I want to win the league now,” he said. “You can’t sit and rest on your laurels. We’ll have a full stadium and we’ll face a strong Fleetwood side who have chased us really hard.”

It promises to be a mouthwatering clash between the two sides who battled it out for a place at Wembley not so long ago.

Spireites got the better of Graham Alexander’s Cod Army in that Johnstone’s Paint Trophy northern area final dual in February.

A convincing 3-1 win at Fleetwood gave Cook’s side a two-goal cushion in the return leg at the Proact which they depended on.

Jon Parkin’s 90th minute goal set up a nervy final few minutes for Chesterfield, who held their nerve to advance to the national final.

Fleetwood have been hot on Spireites’ heels since but a home draw to Southend United last weekend ended their automatic hopes.

Alexander’s side have won on both occasions they have visited the Proact but could be forgiven for having one eye on the play-offs.

The two sides battled out a 1-1 draw in the reverse league fixture at Highbury Stadium in October.

Chesterfield’s nearest challengers for the title, Rochdale, are at mid-table Newport County. Scunthorpe host York City, who are jostling for play-off positions.