Chesterfield: Spireites to descend on Derby in their thousands

Romy Boco has left Chesterfield
Romy Boco has left Chesterfield

Spireites will be backed at Derby County by 5700 supporters for the FA Cup fourth Round tie on Saturday.

The club’s allocation rapidly sold out for what will be only the second match at this stage of the cup in 60 years.

Paul Cook will be without Gary Roberts. The influential midfielder picked up a hamstring injury in the 3-1 defeat at Swindon Town and the club should get the results of the scan in the next day or two. Early indications are that he could be missing for up to six weeks.

That will open the door for either Jay O’Shea or Dan Gardner to come in to the starting eleven after they’ve both waited patiently on the bench. Both players have a myriad of tricks in their lockers and both have an eye for goal.

The manager will have to decide whether to revert to his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation after several weeks with a 4-4-2, which have been very successful. But at Swindon Cook quickly changed from starting with two up to pulling Eoin Doyle back into a midfield five after Robins bossed the creative areas early on.

With no movements on the transfer front, barring non-contract raider Romy Boco moving abroad to India, fans are getting nervous as the window moves towards closure.

Retaining the likes of Doyle, Sam Morsy and Jimmy Ryan is the aim of the club and also the hope of the fans, so any late raids for Spireites’ hottest properties could reduce the chance of bringing in any suitable replacements.

With the play-off zone so close, potential movement in or out will be the only topic of conversation once the Derby game is done.

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