CHESTERFIELD: New boy backed to ease Spireites defensive crisis

New arrival: Liam Cooper

New arrival: Liam Cooper

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CHESTERFIELD manager Paul Cook is thrilled to have eased his defensive crisis by signing Hull City centre-half Liam Cooper on loan.

The 21-year-old for Tigers’ second string at the Proact Stadium on Tuesday, the game which saw Neal Trotman limp off with a hamstring injury. Trotman joined Sam Hird (suspended) and left back Liam Ridehalgh (ineligible) on the list of defenders unavailable for tomorrow’s cup tie with Hartlepool United.

Cooper appeared for City in the Premier League and he was a regular towards the end of last season in the Championship after a loan spell with Huddersfield.

Subject to the relevant paperwork being completed, Cooper will be available to play in the FA Cup.

Cook said: “We are delighted with the signing of Liam. He is a player that attracts a lot of interest from clubs, and not just in this division.

“Liam brings great experience, he has played in the Championship, and with Sam [Hird] suspended and Neal [Trotman] injured it was important that we got someone in immediately and to get a player in of Liam’s quality is fantastic. We know we need to strengthen in other areas.

“We are working on it every day but at the moment it’s difficult because club’s don’t want their players cup tied but like I said we are working on it.

“We’ve got good players at the club but, for whatever reason, there’s something that’s been going a little bit wrong and managers jobs are to try and put things right.”

Cook has ruled out signing ex-Blades striker Michael O’Halloran on loan from Bolton but he has confirmed Craig Westcarr will miss out on facing Hartlepool because of a hamstring injury.

Goalkeeper Tommy Lee is pressing hard as Spireites look to end a 15-year run without a victory over a league club in the FA Cup.