Chesterfield: New test for Spireites after Robins’ dismissal

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook
Chesterfield boss Paul Cook

Spireites host Championship side Huddersfield Town this evening (7.45pm) in the first round of the Capital One Cup.

Manager Paul Cook has no fresh injury worries following his team’s superb opening day win at fancied Leyton Orient. However he has indicated that there’s been a virus in the camp and that one unnamed player had been sent home and prescribed antibiotics.

Jay O’Shea and Ollie Banks were both on the bench at the Matchroom Stadium and neither was deemed to be ready to play, though both could come into contention for some sort of run out tonight.

Armand Gnanduillet’s ankle, twisted in Friday morning’s training session, looks to have recovered enough for him to be in the 18, though Eoin Doyle, a scorer at Orient, is set to continue in the lone striking role.

Full back Drew Talbot remains sidelined with a long term groin injury, whilst midfielder Dan Gardner will be out for another week.

Cook may be tempted to play loan midfielder Daniel Johnson, borrowed from Aston Villa and a non-playing sub at the weekend, though chances are he’ll again be held in reserve.

Huddersfield, who sacked manager Mark Robins after their 4-0 home defeat against Bournemouth, have academy manager Mark Lillis in charge of proceedings. The former Terriers striker has held the temporary position at the club twice before.

He’ll be assisted by Steve Thompson, who was Robins’ assistant and coach Steve Eyre.

Ex-Millers and Bolton midfielder Thompson, who only joined the club in June, has twice had temporary spells in charge at Blackpool whilst Eyre was in temporary charge of Huddersfield in January last year alongside Lillis, so all three men will be in familiar territory.

Cook said: “The change of manager will make it a bit more difficult.

“We’ve been preparing for Mark Robins to bring a team here, he’s played 3-5-2 with wing backs of late, so we don’t know how Mark Lillis will set up.

“Regardless of what happened on Saturday, they’re a good team and they’ll be out to prove the weekend was a one-off.”

Chesterfield’s reigning League Two Player of the Year Gary Roberts will be relishing the challenge against the club he helped to three consecutive League One play-off berths, the last on in 2012 having a successful outcome.