Chesterfield: Cook’s praise for Swindon ahead of tough Yeovil test

Paul Cook
Paul Cook

Spireites boss Paul Cook declared Swindon as “the best team we’ve seen at the Proact this season,” after his side’s 3-0 defeat on Tuesday night.

The Chesterfield manager added: “We were doing alright, playing well, but goals change games and they scored first and were the better side from then on.”

That setback leaves Chesterfield with just one point from their last five games and, on Saturday, they host Gary Johnson’s Yeovil Town who’ve picked up just one point in six games, so it’ll be a nervy encounter between two sides that will be desperate for the win.

Spireites will have to go into the game without skipper and central defender Ian Evatt who is suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season.

Cook will have to decide whether to throw in the inexperienced Charlie Raglan or Jack Broadhead to cover; use someone like Sam Morsy; reshuffle his pack completely and maybe play three at the back or dip into the loan market, though for just one game that option looks unlikely.

It looks like no fresh injuries were picked up in the Swindon game whilst today long term absentee Drew Talbot (groin) is hoping to get the all clear to step up his rehabilitation from the specialist. Sam Hird (knee) will also soon be increasing his training schedule. Gary Roberts (hamstring) will also miss the game against the Hatters.

Having passed two years in charge at the Proact this week, this is the first time Cook has suffered three straight defeats. Ironically the last time as a manager he suffered such a run was in his final matches at Accrington Stanley before his switch to North Derbyshire.

Few fans wouldn’t have accepted being in 11th spot a third of the way into the season, but the road map Chesterfield have taken has been a strange one, winning in style followed by a downturn in form and swagger.

It’s plain to see that Cook almost has the finished article, but he’s not enough flexibility at the back to shore up a side that’s now conceded 19 goals in their last nine games, picking up just six points.