Chesterfield: Spireites boss faces selection headache ahead of Blades battle

Paul Cook
Paul Cook

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook admits he has a selection headache for the visit of Sheffield United to the Proact Stadium.

The Spireites have been boosted by the return to full fitness of Sam Morsy, Gary Roberts and Dan Jones ahead of Saturday’s derby.

But his decision process is far from straight forward after the performances of those who have represented the club in recent weeks.

And, following a sparkling second-half display against Notts County last weekend, Cook has plenty of food for thought.

He said: “I’ve got selection problems. I thought the two lads up front last week were terrific. We had chances created last week, we’ve got selection problems, but what a good problem to have.

“It’s the worst part of the job because if you look at the lads who have come in - the (Dan) Johnsons and (Ollie) Banks’ - how do you pick a team? How do I disappoint players this weekend?

“But I always say you win together and you lose together and nothing will be more to the fore than that this week, whatever team I pick I’m sure there will be supporters who think otherwise.

“I’m lucky enough that I’ve picked the team and it’ll continue to cause me problems because to disappoint players who have done well for you is the worst feeling in the world for a manager.

“I’ve apologised to the players already but come Saturday there will be no apologising - everyone will be very much focused on the game and the tough challenge we’ve got ahead.”

Saturday’s derby (1pm kick off) will see the Blades visit Chesterfield for the first time since November 2011 and tickets are close to being sold out.

And the occasion is not lost on the Blues boss: “We’ll certainly take the game to Sheffield United on Saturday, which should be a great occasion for the area.

“We’re not only playing a good team, and one of the favourites, it’s one steeped in tradition, a big club and in Nigel Clough they’ve got a big manager. The game won’t phase them.

“I’m trying to prepare our lads to get the same type of reaction from us. These are the games we look forward to, it’s going to be a great game on Saturday and no-one will be asking for favours in a derby match.”

He added: “This is a special game, of course it is, because it’s a derby match against a big city rival who have a tremendous history and are a fantastic club.”

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