Chesterfield: Goals only missing ingredient

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Paul Cook reflected on Spireites’ goalless draw at Fleetwood at the weekend, highlighting what most Chesterfield followers are hoping can be rectified.

The manager said: “We have got to put our chances away, we know that.

Port Vale's Tom Pope has hit five goals this season

Port Vale's Tom Pope has hit five goals this season

“We have been criticised for not putting our chances away and (the weekend game) was a perfect example of that. Football is not as easy as people think, but we played well.”

He added: “I’m really pleased with the lads. One of the things I ask of the supporters at the minute is to be a bit patient and back the players who are playing at the moment.

“Our substitutions are not about who is coming on and off, they are about who is fit enough to play so we ask them to be patient. We are still in the market for players, and we are actively looking to strengthen the squad.”

Spireites’ battle-scarred squad is benefitting from not having a midweek game. Gary Roberts, Jay O’Shea, Dan Gardner and Ollie Banks all need time to build up to 100% fitness after a variety of knocks, bumps and bruises and Cook will be hoping they’ll all be ready for Saturday’s short trip to Port Vale.

Vale take on Cardiff City this evening in the Capital One Cup. They beat Hartlepool United 6-2 to reach the second round. In the League Micky Adams’ men are yet to win at home following a draw with Walsall and a loss against Notts County whilst they’re unbeaten away having won at Doncaster Rovers and drawn at Oldham Athletic.

Former Miller Tom Pope has raced to five goals this season whilst summer recruit from Rotherham United, Michael O’Connor, has started all of Vale’s games to date.