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COOK READY FOR DALE

10 February 2015

Wide-man hungry to get back into winning ways on home soil...

SADDLERS' wide-man, Jordan Cook, is eager to secure back-to-back League wins for the first time since November when Rochdale arrive at the Banks's Stadium on Tuesday evening (kick-off 7.45pm).

The 24 year-old was on target in last weekend's triumph at Doncaster Rovers as we moved within three points of the play-off places.

It will be the third meeting between the two sides after successive games at Spotland this season in the League and Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Keith Hill's side are enjoying their first season back in League One following promotion at the end of last term and sit just two points outside the top six with two games in hand.

Cook is well aware of Dales' successful campaign so far and insists they will be a difficult proposition for The Saddlers - who are eyeing a potential play-off push of our own.

"I played against them in the JPT but not the League game," said Cook. "We know they are a difficult side to break down. They're a bit like us in many respects in that they are a very good passing team and they will certainly come to us with a game plan.

"We fear nobody and we will always back ourselves against any team because we are confident in our ability and go into each game wanting to win.

"The League is so tight this year; a couple of wins or draws here and there could make a massive difference as we push for the play-off places.

"That's the aim we have. We don't have the biggest of squads but we have plenty of quality, so we want to pull a run of results together and climb into the top six.

"It will be tough, but hopefully we can carry on from our win last weekend and get three points."

Meanwhile, Cook took time to heap plenty of praise for strikers, Ashley Grimes and Jordy Hiwula, in the absence of top scorer, Tom Bradshaw.

Both produced hard-working displays and secured their first goals for The Saddlers in the last two games against Gillingham and Doncaster.

The former Sunderland man says the talent the club possesses in attacking areas is potentially frightening and believes competition for places will only benefit the squad.

"Jordy [Hiwula] has come in and shown plenty of enthusiasm and has plenty of quality as you would expect from a player who has come from Manchester City," he added. "I also thought Ashley [Grimes] was brilliant on Saturday and held the line really well against two big defenders.

"Obviously we would love Tom [Bradshaw] back as soon as possible because he's been brilliant for us this season.

"At the moment our strike force looks decent, so the gaffer has a real dilemma on who to select."

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