Spireites: Paul Cook eager to address imbalance of Chesterfield side

Colchester United vs Chesterfield - Paul cook looking on- Pic By James Williamson
Colchester United vs Chesterfield - Paul cook looking on- Pic By James Williamson

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook believes the balance of his side needs addressing after the Spireites’ defeat at Colchester United.

Sam Clucas’ second goal in as many games gave Chesterfield a first minute lead before the Us struck back twice in the second half.

The hosts were level soon after the re-start through Rhys Healey before Freddie Sears completed the comeback and consigned the Spireites to defeat.

A disappointed Cook said: “Balance to a team is everything. Our balance is not right out of possession, defensively we’re not strong.

“We look like we’ve got a goal or two in us but we also look like we’re going to concede. It’s something we’ve got to look at and try to address.”

After an encouraging August, which saw Chesterfield win three from an opening five games, the Spireites have since tasted victory twice.

Opponents Colchester, managed by Tony Humes, went in to the clash in good form, having lost just once from their last five League One outings.

“We’ve played against a very good Colchester side,” said Cook. “You have to give them credit but we go back and we’re in tomorrow (Wednesday) to look at ourselves.

“We’re all very disappointed. It was a tough night for football. I thought the first half we worked hard at being hard to break down and hard to beat.

“We’ve said for a bit now that we’ve sensed that we’re not right and supporters can see what we mean.

“We’ve had a chat to the players and it’s down to us to work harder as a group and as a club to come through it.

“I’ve sensed for a bit now we’re just not right and I think tonight’s (Tuesday’s) performance has just reiterated what I think I’m seeing.”

Chesterfield were without Gary Roberts who suffered a hamstring injury, described by Cook as a ‘tweak’, in training on Monday.

While Cook gave an indication on the future of Aston Villa loanee Daniel Johnson, who joined the club on a three-month loan on August 8.

“We’ve got to start looking at different options now. We all know what a good player Daniel Johnson is but he’s not our player,” added Cook.

Colchester 2 Chesterfield 1