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We've done nothing yet, insists Accrington Stanley manager Cook
4:15pm Tuesday 18th September 2012 in Sport
ACCRINGTON Stanley boss Paul Cook has stressed that the Reds have achieved nothing yet as they travel to Chesterfield tonight looking to build on their promising start to the season.
Stanley sit in an encouraging fifth place in the League Two table after picking up 11 points from their first six games of the campaign and make the trip to Derbyshire aiming to extend their unbeaten record away from home.
Saturday’s draw at Dagenham and Redbridge – when Peter Murphy’s late leveller salvaged a patchy performance – followed victories at Southend and Cheltenham, making it seven points from three games on the road.
In each of the last two seasons, it took until mid-November to reach that tally on their travels.
Cook has made his promotion ambitions clear for the 2012/13 campaign but is realistic that it will not be easy for a youthful Stanley side, and has warned that this season will bring plenty of challenges in the months to come.
“We don’t ever come away, no matter what the result is, and think we’ve cracked it,” said the Reds boss, who yesterday brought in Watford duo Matty Whichelow and Piero Mingoia on loan.
“Football has got a terrible habit of knocking you when you think you’re doing well. It’s a long, long season and people shouldn’t celebrate anything after five or six games.
“There are a lot of points to play for and there will be a lot of twists and turns in the league table.”
But Cook is hopeful that his team can continue to improve, as a number of new players get used to playing alongside each other.
“People go on about gelling and teams, we’ve played six games in the league,” he said. “We’re still trying to get the blend right, and people in the team knowing what we want.
“The lads are great, they respond to everything we ask them, they really do.
“When you get effort, desire and application you’ve never got a problem as a manager. We had that on Saturday in abundance.”
Stanley were thrashed 5-2 on their last visit to Chesterfield two seasons ago, as the Spireites marched to promotion.
But they lasted just one season in League One and John Sheridan was sacked early this term.
Tommy Wright is now in temporary charge, with assistance from former Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Mark Crossley. Their first league win of the season came against Wycombe on Saturday.
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