Chesterfield: Cook forgets week of catastrophe to focus on JPT derby

Chesterfield FC v Nottingham Forest Paul Cook
Chesterfield FC v Nottingham Forest Paul Cook

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook said his side will look to put a ‘catastrophic’ seven days behind them when they take on Mansfield Town in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

The Spireites are hurting after two consecutive league defeats, which began with a derby-day disappointment against the Stags and followed with a second-half collapse at Morecambe.

But the league will be put to one side tonight at Field Mill as Chesterfield make their first steps in a tournament that holds precious memories for supporters, after the club’s success at Wembley in 2011.

Cook said: “We’ll certainly try our best to win the trophy. We’ve created a mentality at the club where we don’t like losing. To have lost twice in seven days is a catastrophe for us.

“There’s a long journey ahead and we’ll have more bumpy rides than we have done so far, but at the end of the season that’s the time to discuss the season.”

The Spireites go into the clash without a recognised left-back after Ritchie Humphreys was ruled out with a hernia problem. Humphreys is set to see a specialist and is the latest name to be added to a lengthy injury list.

Drew Talbot is expected to miss out, while Nathan Smith (ankle), Marc Richards (thigh) and Armand Gnanduillet (knee) are also sidelined.

Cook added: “As a club you don’t go into local derbies with weakened teams. We will be full strength tomorrow night. We’ll take great support and we’ll try and win the game.”

Ian Evatt will captain the side once more following his first 90 minutes in competitive football at the Globe Arena on Saturday.

He said: “It’s an ideal chance for us to put things right. That’s the thing with football, there’s always another match around the corner.

“We were bitterly disappointed to lose [against Stags in the league] but I’m sure we’ll put things right.”

Mansfield were beaten 4-1 at home to Hartlepool on Saturday.