Chesterfield FC boss Paul Cook prepares to face old club Coventry City

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook
Chesterfield boss Paul Cook

After ten days away from competitive action, Chesterfield go in search of a third win on the trot in League One against Coventry City at the Proact Stadium.

The break has given Paul Cook’s Spireites chance to get back out on the training ground in a week that has seen the gap to the play-offs extend by just a single point.

Doncaster Rovers and Sheffield United in fifth and sixth both failed to win while Barnsley, Peterborough United and Bradford City have all jumped ahead of Chesterfield.

But with a double-header of home games coming up, Cook will be hoping his side can continue the momentum sustained after victories over Fleetwood Town and MK Dons.

He has a fully fit squad to choose from with Dan Jones returning to training following a slight ankle ligament strain suffered two weeks ago at home to Fleetwood.

The Spireites will be without the suspended Sam Morsy, who sits the first of two games out after he picked up a tenth booking of the season away at MK Dons.

Cook has options at his disposal with either Sam Hird or Ollie Banks the front runners to fill in the role should the manager decide to keep a preferred 4-2-3-1.

Caolan Lavery got the winner at Stadium:MK and he will remain at the Proact for the remainder of the season after extending his loan from parent club Sheffield Wednesday.

Chesterfield’s opponents on Saturday, Coventry, who Cook spent 18 months with as a player during the mid-90s, have played twice since their hosts took to the field.

The Sky Blues had to settle for a draw in midweek against play-off contenders Bradford after Mark Yeates’ free-kick cancelled out Frank Nouble’s opener at the Ricoh Arena.

It followed a home defeat to Port Vale last Saturday (March 7) and defeat on the road at another side with top six ambitions in Lee Johnson’s Barnsley (March 3).

Tony Mowbray is still waiting for his first win in charge of Coventry since he took over the hot seat after the club sacked Steven Pressley at the end of February.

Mowbray is understood to be keen on getting his side to play a passing style of football, which should make for an attractive game as tenth take on 20th.

Saturday’s meeting in Chesterfield is the first time Coventry have visited the town since October 15, 1960 when the Spireites ran out 4-1 winners.

Likely line-ups

Spireites (4-2-3-1): Lee; Darikwa, Evatt, Hird, Jones; Ryan, Banks; O’Shea, Roberts, Clucas; Lavery

Sky Blues (4-3-2-1): Burge: Phillips, Pennington, Martin, Stokes; O’Brien, Barton, Fleck; Odelusi, Nouble; Tudgay

Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire).