Paul Cook: Chesterfield boss enjoying promotion charge and JPT final build-up

Last Updated: 02/03/14 7:54pm

Paul Cook is looking to get Chesterfield promoted as well as winning the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook told FL72 - Preview that he does not feel under pressure leading a side gunning for promotion.

The Spireites sit two points clear of Scunthorpe and four clear of Rochdale at the summit of League Two following a 4-1 thumping of Cheltenham on Tuesday night.

Cook, though, says he is relishing the expectation that comes with topping the standings, as well as reaching the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final, where his side will combat Peterborough.

And the former Sligo Rovers manager, who assumed the reins at Chesterfield's Proact Stadium in October 2012, is determined to generate success for everyone at his club.

When asked whether he feels under strain, Cook said: "It's better than working in a factory every morning, isn't it?

"We are off to Wembley at the end of March and they are the best days of your life, while we still have a chance of getting promoted so, for me, it doesn't get any better.

"There are a lot of people at this club with football in their blood who don't get the plaudits I get - though they don't get the stick I get either! - and I would like to achieve for us all."

Focussed

Chesterfield - who meet 2010 FA Cup winners Portsmouth in Sky Sports' live League Two game on Monday evening - finished in eighth spot in the basement division last term.

But Cook is adamant his squad have the ability to end this campaign as one of League One's newest clubs - and give Darren Ferguson's Peterborough charges a stiff examination in London.

"I don't ban talk of Wembley because we have worked so hard to get there so why shouldn't we enjoy it."

Paul Cook

"If we don't get success it won't be for the lack of trying and will be because we weren't good enough," said Cook, who starred as a midfielder for Wolves and Burnley during his playing days.

"But we think we have a great chance of achieving things and certainly feel we have good enough players to go up automatically.

"We will stay focussed on what we are trying to do as we can't affect other teams and their results or other managers and their selections.

"We just need to get as many points as we can between now and the end of the season and fingers crossed whatever we accumulate, it will be enough to get us promoted.

"I don't ban talk of Wembley either because we have worked so hard to get there so why shouldn't we enjoy it and talk about it?

"We know football can bite you, but we don't fear success, we want to embrace it and show teams how good we are [in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final and in League Two]."