Chesterfield boss Cook to mix up playing style for Daventry FA Cup visit

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Boss Paul Cook has revealed Chesterfield will be mixing up their style of play ahead of this afternoon’s FA Cup first round date with Daventry Town at the Proact Stadium (ko 3pm).

The Spireites boss has become increasingly frustrated at his team’s inability to break down stubborn, defensive opponents on home soil this season.

Indeed, Chesterfield haven’t won a game at the Proact for almost two months, and despite Daventry boss Darran Foster’s pledge that his team will play an attacking game on Saturday, Cook has decided that it is time to change his footballing philosophy – even though he doesn’t want to.

“There will be a couple of changes, because we are looking to change our formation,” said Cook.

“We are not being disrespectful to Daventry or anyone we play, but teams now are being very, very negative in their outlook towards playing us.

“As a manager, you never think about what will happen if a team doesn’t come to win a game, but the system we play is all for pass and movement.

“But when teams just get 10 men behind the ball in the last third of the pitch, there is no space to move into.

“So we have to look to be different, and we are going to have to look to be a little more direct.

“It’s not how I like to play the game, but the biggest thing of all is that we all want to win.

“Winning is the objective at the moment, winning will get us to where we want to be, and at the moment playing against teams that aren’t coming to the Proact Stadium to win games is causing us problems.

“When you look at the last 10 minutes of the York game for example, they just camped in their 18-yard box, and it is very difficult to find space.

“Teams are coming here and defending deeper and deeper, and it is hard to penetrate.

“So we will look to change, and we will look to be a bit more direct.

“We have to play with more width, more energy, put more balls in the box and get more men in the box. It’s that simple.”