Chesterfield: Numbers question to be answered soon as Spireites slip to Imps

Chesterfield's Manager Paul Cook
Chesterfield's Manager Paul Cook

Paul Cook remained tight-lipped over the prospect of further strengthening his Chesterfield squad after watching his side slip to a 2-1 defeat at Lincoln City.

The Spireites boss acknowledged the need for reinforcements ahead of the League One campaign, which kicks-off in less than three weeks at Leyton Orient.

Lincoln City's Ben Tomlinson is tackled by Chesterfield's Armand Gnanduillet

Lincoln City's Ben Tomlinson is tackled by Chesterfield's Armand Gnanduillet

He said: “There’s a little bit of anxiety about the club at the minute and you just sense it growing and we’ve got to make sure we keep things in the correct place.

“Pre-season and we practice to get better, we’ve got a couple of really good games coming up and we must make sure we’ve got plenty of players available.

“The big question on everyone’s lips has been numbers. The club will release something on that in the next couple of days. It’s been a topic of conversation and hopefully over the next couple of days there will be some clarity on that. We look forward to the coming season together and driving this club forward.”

No less than five trialists started the pre-season friendly at Sincil Bank and Brad Holmes was drafted in from the youth set up to provide cover on the right side of defence before wholesale changes were made at half-time.

Chesterfield's Charlie Dawes celebrates scoring his side's only goal

Chesterfield's Charlie Dawes celebrates scoring his side's only goal

There was one change before the break when Adam Morgan picked up a knock and was substituted for Charlie Dawes, right.

Chesterfield fell behind moments later when one of their former trainees, Jordan Burrows, slotted in a loose ball in the area.

A second soon followed when Alan Power capitalised on some lax defending and curled in a precise effort.

Dawes responded for the Spireites less than a minute later with a well taken strike from the edge of the Imps’ penalty area which left Paul Farman flatfooted.

“Charlie’s got a goal and we’ve been critical lately at him not getting goals so we’re really pleased for him,” said Cook, who revealed that injuries to Aaron Chapman, Drew Talbot, Jay O’Shea and Ollie Banks has prompted changes to their pre-season training programme.

He added: “Training has levelled off. It’s clear our numbers aren’t good and the more you train the more injuries you pick up, unfortunately I’m going to have to dilute training a little bit.

“These are little problems that come up and it’s my job as the manager that I manage everything correctly and make the right decisions for the players in what they do before Saturday.”

The second half had more of a familiar feel about it with Gary Roberts, Dan Gardner and Eoin Doyle in an attack which included Romy Boco, who along with Tommy Lee played the full 90 minutes.

But the new-look side, which boasted nine changes at half-time, was unable to find a way through Lincoln’s defence.

Gardner came closest to grabbing an equaliser when he unleashed a volley that smacked the post late on with the keeper seemingly beaten.

“We’re obviously disappointed to get beat. We wanted to give any lads who have been with us on trial the match day experience of starting a game.

“Going forward at least you can say well, started the game and were given the chance.

“We took the opportunity to do that, unfortunately we’ve given a couple of sloppy goals away. The team go out for the second half and we’re a little bit ragged and we’re chasing the game,” added Cook.