Chesterfield boss Cook not looking forward to Daventry test

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook
Chesterfield manager Paul Cook
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Chesterfield manager Paul Cook can’t be looking forward Saturuday’s FA Cup first round tie against Southern League minnows Daventry Town.

After throwing away a lead to Scunthorpe on Saturday, he said: “We’ve just forgotten how to win.

“We’ve forgotten what areas of the pitch to play in and that leads to anxiety and bad decisions.”

A late Luke Waterfall header cancelled out former Cobbler Marc Richards’ early goal, and Cook was upset his side couldn’t grind out a result and end their winless run.

His team have won just once in their last eight matches, with four draws, three defeats and that single victory, a 1-0 win in the JPT at Mansfield Town.

Meanwhile, Daventry Town were snatching a replay at Wingate and Finchley in the FA Trophy, in the final minutes, the returning Scott Cross scoring a late equaliser in the 95th minute, forcing a replay which will take place on tonight (Tues, ko 7.45pm).

The bookmakers BetVictor have Daventry Town down as 11/1 to come back from The Proact Stadium with a victory, and the bookies don’t usually get it wrong, do they?

I should think many Daventry townsfolk will be breaking the habit of a lifetime this weekend, by placing a bet, other than on Grand National weekend.

Hundreds of Daventry supporters will make the trip to Whittington Moor, on the edge of Chesterfield; a club steeped in FA Cup history themselves!

In the 1996–97 season, second division Chesterfield beat six clubs including Premier League side Nottingham Forest to reach the semi-final of the FA Cup.

The semi-final against Bryan Robson’s Middlesbrough was drawn 3–3 after extra time; and Chesterfield lost the replay 3–0.

Many will think they should have won the first match, John Duncan’s gallant team, having had a third ‘goal’ dubiously disallowed when they led 2-1 with 21 minutes of normal time left! Oh for goal line technology!

Chesterfield will know more than any other club, that the FA Cup can throw up some unlikely results, the FA cup has a tendency to respect no one.

It is a competition that provides real David and Goliath contests, and league two high-flyers Chesterfield could easily be slain by the no-hopers of Daventry!

Certainly the match will have occupied the minds of everyone associated with the Daventry club since Ray Parlour pulled out their ball at Wembley seven days ago.

Media interest in the match has accelerated, the players have already posed for Daily Mail photographs, TalkSPORT has adopted the club as their own, and Soccer AM have discussed the match.

Daventry Town Manager Darran Foster has forgotten how many interviews he has now completed, but he knows the interest in the club will only increase as the game gets closer.

Quite what will happen in Daventry should the ‘Purple Amy’ get a result in Chesterfield, no one knows, but the small Northamptonshire club are ready to reap the rewards of such a ‘giant killing’!

Any suggestion that Daventry are going to Derbyshire to ‘have a good day out’ will disappear once the players walk onto the pitch and the ‘Purple Army’ greet their team.

It could be an historic day for Daventry Town Football Club and the people of Daventry should the impossible be achieved!