‘Banks’ goals have given everyone a lift,’ says Cook

Manager Paul Cook at Fleetwood by Tina Jenner Fleetwood Town v Chesterfield
Manager Paul Cook at Fleetwood by Tina Jenner Fleetwood Town v Chesterfield

Paul Cook has praised the impact Ollie Banks has had on changing Chesterfield’s fortunes around.

Former Rotherham United midfield man, Banks, has made an encouraging start to his Spireites career with a handful of scintillating displays and notched his fourth goal in three games on Saturday as Chesterfield saw off Wycombe Wanderers 2-0 at the Proact Stadium.

The 21-year-old hobbled off on the hour-mark and was replaced by Callum McFadzean, who joined the club on Friday on a month’s loan from Sheffield United.

But Cook confirmed Banks would be fit for tonight’s visit of Northampton Town.

The Spireites boss said: “He’s come in and given us everything I love about football, which is a freshness and enthusiasm to play the game.

“He goes into great areas of the pitch, something we didn’t do well enough before. We have got very good players in those areas, but he’s different. His goals have given everyone a big lift and his all round play has been a catalyst.”

Nathan Smith, who is continuing to receive treatment at St George’s Park in Burton on a troublesome ankle injury, is the only absentee for Chesterfield.

Aidy Boothroyd’s rock-bottom Cobblers have had a torrid time this season with injuries and are still missing key players Roy O’Donovan (hernia), Kelvin Langmead (knee), Lewis Hornby (back) and Alex Nicholls (leg).

Kevin Amankwaah, Clive Platt and Matt Heath returned to the first team squad on Saturday. Chris Hackett wasn’t involved in the defeat to Hartlepool but is in contention.

Cook backed his opposite number to turn things around. He added: “It’s difficult for a manager and, at our level, Aidy’s a top manager. He knows football inside out, he’s a very hard working and meticulous manager who gives the game everything he’s got.

“Unfortunately, he’s suffered badly with injuries this year and if it were to happen to us tomorrow I’m sure we’d suffer badly as well.”