Chesterfield: Award tip Cook’s relief at ‘recovery’ weekend

Paul Cook looks on
Paul Cook looks on

Manager of the month nominee Paul Cook is breathing a sigh of relief at the blank weekend ahead.

With scheduled opponents Swindon Town having three players on international duty, the match has been postponed, giving the Spireites’ walking wounded an extra weekend to recover.

Chesterfield were down to the bare bones for Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat at Scunthorpe in the JPT, with Cooke handing first senior starts to four players, introducing two subs with no senior experience and a third with just two minutes pitch time.

The new starters – defenders Charlie Raglan and Jack Broadhead plus wingers Charlie Dawes and Gboly Ariyibi – all showed promising flashes and Cook won’t be afraid to have them on the bench for future games.

The three subs – keeper Aaron Chapman, midfielder Michael Onovwigun and striker Jake Beesley, the son of ex-Blade Paul – had varying times on the park to show their capabilities.

Chapman, an early sub for Tommy Lee who is expected to be fit to face Scunthorpe again a week on Saturday, erred for United’s second goal but made a couple of fine saves subsequently.

Onovwigun was forced to switch to an unfamiliar central defensive role soon after coming on following Broadhead’s dismissal for two bookings, while youth teamer Beesley showed some promise in his limited time on the pitch.

Ariyibi has subsequently flown off to Buenos Aires to represent USA U20 against Argentina.

Cook hopes that Ritchie Humphreys, Jay O’Shea and Sam Morsy will all be available for the Proact league fixture with Russ Wilcox’s Iron.

Additionally Ollie Banks, who played at Glanford Park but was clearly heavy legged, plus Jimmy Ryan, who was less than 100 per cent fit, should both be back to the required fitness levels.

The manager has his fingers crossed that Gary Roberts (hamstring) and Romy Boco (cheekbone) may be available for that game, but they are both long shots with Dan Gardner even less likely.

Deadline signing Sam Clucas will be available for the first time.