Paul Cook’s Spireites face ‘massive’ test away at cup kings Bradford City

Spireites boss Paul Cook
Spireites boss Paul Cook

The Spireites face a massive task tonight at Valley Parade.

Paul Cook’s side travel to cup heroes Bradford City in a key match in the chase for the final League One play-off place.

The Proact side, who scored a late winner to beat Walsall on Saturday, are locked on 54 points with the Bantams with an identical goal difference, but the West Yorkshire side have a game in hand.

A draw would see the sides remain in ninth and tenth spots, a point behind Rochdale, Barnsley and Peterborough United whilst if either team wins, they’ll rise to the coveted sixth position.

Chesterfield’s desire to play neat, passing football will undoubtedly be compromised by City’s pitch, which is in considerably less than perfect condition.

But Cook is the first to admit the ‘get it forward quickly’ style that City excel at is not a strength for his own side, so it’s advantage Bradford before a ball is kicked.

City are unbeaten in nine home games in league and cup and Rochdale were the last travelling victors there back in January. Phil Parkinson will be without the influential Felipe Morais, who is suspended, whilst defender Andrew Davies is doubtful.

Cook has a full squad to choose from; Armand Gnanduillet is eligible again after returning from his loan at Oxford and his strength could be something the manager considers, though chances that his side will be unchanged are high. Past form is no guide to the potential outcome with the last three meetings in Bradford ending in one each of a home win, away win and draw; City won in Chesterfield in December after successfully baiting Sam Morsy into committing a red card offence when the game was all square.