Cook wants his side to start dominating

Paul Cook shows his passion for the game during the local derby by Tina Jenner Chesterfield  v Mansfield Town
Paul Cook shows his passion for the game during the local derby by Tina Jenner Chesterfield v Mansfield Town

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook has the rare luxury of a fully fit squad ahead of the League Two clash at home to Bury.

Gary Roberts, Jimmy Ryan and Sam Morsy are among those available again after injury as the Spireites aim for a return to the summit.

A wave of injuries over the past month has stretched the squad but Cook believes it’s time for his side to get back to dominating games.

He said: “Having everyone back is a boost. It’s good to have them back but not to the detriment of the other players in the team. The lads have done nothing wrong but what people can see is that we’ve been hanging on to the edge of a cliff. We want to go back to dominating games.”

Despite the injuries, Chesterfield remain unbeaten in five in the league and advanced through to the northern area final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Cook said: “If we win games or draw games that’s fine but we must dominate them. That’s what we were just getting back in to against Rochdale (JPT), Torquay and Wycombe. Then the injuries came thick and fast.”

Liam Cooper and Matty Brown are expected to be in Chesterfield’s defence in place of suspended Sam Hird and Ian Evatt.

New recruit Dan Gardner is undergoing an intense fitness programme and Cook revealed that supporters might get a glimpse of him in action from the bench against Bury.

“He’s currently going through his own mini pre-season,” he added. “I think first impressions at a football club is huge. If you make the right ones at a club you can become a fans’ favourite. I think to introduce Dan at the minute, lacking a bit of match fitness at our level, might see him do a couple of sloppy things.

“Certainly coming on he won’t struggle for confidence or fitness. Once he has done this mini pre-season, in a week or it could take ten days, we’ll see a very exciting player come into our team.”

Cook is keen to resolve Jamie Devitt’s future at the club: “He’s conducted himself well. A lot of supporters feel like he could have been given more minutes on the pitch and I wouldn’t disagree with that.”