Whilst Spireites boss Paul Cook was happy to acknowledge the quality of Eoin Doyle’s finishing, he was more keen to stress the team element of last weekend’s win over Barnsley.
He said: “Eoin’s finishes were top class but we had a lot of good performances in the match and I thought we thoroughly deserved the victory. We’re in a big pond now and we need every one of our players to play well to get results in every game. One thing you can guarantee our players do, and that is that they don’t leave much on the pitch and that was evident on Saturday.”
There were anxious moments after Keith Treacy’s 85th minute goal for the Reds and Cook said: “We were seeing the game out well but do my substitutions affect that? Maybe, maybe not. Barnsley were pressing higher and putting the ball forward quicker but all in all it was very good day for us. We haven’t been on the best run but our supporters have shown great faith, for example the supporters that travelled to Braintree and Crewe. So the win’s a big reward for them, we’ve now beaten Sheffield United and Barnsley at home, they’re two big wins.”
Sam Hird and Drew Talbot have both rejoined full training and Hird, who’s slightly ahead of his team mate in recovery terms, said: “We’re hoping to get a behind closed doors match for me to play in this week. I feel fit but need to play to regain sharpness.”
There were no reports of any new injuries from the Barnsley match so Cook will be able to prepare for the club’s first ever trip to Crawley Town on Saturday with all of the players in the 18 against the Reds plus Sam Morsy, who missed the game through suspension. Cook will be hoping to bring in a new face before then, especially in the striking department, though the progress of Talbot and Hird plus the form of Charlie Raglan may negate the need to bring in any further defensive reinforcements even with Georg Margreitter set to return to Wolves in a couple of weeks.
Young central defender Jack Broadhead, back from a loan spell at Buxton, has joined Frickley Athletic for a month.