Spireites hope to heap even more misery on Orient

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Paul Cook’s Spireites host rock bottom Leyton Orient tomorrow with the troubled Londoners still seeking their first win of 2015.

Since boxing and snooker impresario Barry Hearn sold the club in the summer to Italian Francesco Becchetti, last season’s play-off finalists - who lost on penalties to Rotherham United - have seen Russell Slade, Kevin Nugent, Mauro Milanese and now Fabio Liverani manage the side.

Undoubtedly the uncertainty and instability hasn’t helped and the O’s midweek home defeat to Notts County saw them drop to the foot of the table despite their summer signings seeming to strengthen the squad that did so well last season.

Orient’s boss said of the midweek loss: “We tried to attack and created many chances, but unfortunately the ball didn’t go in.”

He’s expected to recall the tricky Dean Cox who missed Tuesday’s game through illness.

Cook will be without the suspended Sam Hird and raider Dan Gardner but there’s a small chance that Gary Roberts could be considered after responding well to treatment on his hamstring injury, though he’ll not be risked unless he’s 100 per cent fit.

Charlie Raglan will replace Hird.

Spireites boss will have to decide what to do in attack after operating with several different combinations in the last couple of games. Armand Gnanduillet should be available after an ankle problem that kept him out of the midweek defeat against Preston but he’ll be competing with Caolan Lavery, Byron Harrison and Mani Dieseruvwe for a starting berth.