SPIREITES: ‘We must start dominating teams,’ says Chesterfield FC boss Paul Cook ahead of Walsall test

Chesterfield vs Oldham - Paul Cook feeling festive Pic By: James Williamson
Chesterfield vs Oldham - Paul Cook feeling festive Pic By: James Williamson

Paul Cook wants his Chesterfield FC side to start dominating opponents in League One - starting at Walsall on Saturday.

The Spireites boss indicated there will be changes to his line-up with new recruit Oscar Gobern set for his first start.

Gobern arrived on a month’s loan from Championship side Huddersfield Town this week and is expected to play a deep midfield role.

And Cook said the former Southampton man can play a crucial role in his team, after Tuesday’s 2-1 loss at Colchester United.

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Cook described the 23-year-old: “He’s very athletic, can tackle, can break play up. We want a little bit more devilment about us.

“We want to be able to go away from home and keep clean sheets. We’re forever off our back foot, we want to be off our front foot.

“We want to be scoring a second goal and dominating teams. I’ve looked at us for 13 games now and at times I have been so pleased for us and at times I’ve been so angry.”

The Spireites boss is unlikely to risk Gary Roberts though revealed the winger had trained Thursday morning in his recovery from a hamstring injury.

“He trained this morning, he’s very touch and go,” said Cook. “I wouldn’t have thought I’d be risking him for the game.

“I’ve got be careful because I want to play the (Dan) Gardners, (Ollie) Banks, Oscars (Gobern) and others.

“To play them all at once is a little bit of a risk in terms of match fitness, so over the next few weeks there maybe a few changes.”

Cook also dropped a heavy hint the club were looking at further additions: “There might even be a signing or two more.”

He was also pleased with the progress the club has made on and off the pitch in the last two years he has been in the hot seat.

He said: “We’ve had a good start by everyone’s admission. It’s playing with a freedom to express our play. We’re just a bit naive now.

“I want to progress our club and I want to progress at a steady rate of knots. I think meteoric rises lead to meteoric falls.

“I want us to progress in all aspects of the club and be stronger and stronger. We’ve had a good start but we need to address our problems.

“I do think progress has been made. The whole culture of the club is in a good place. The supporters at Colchester on a Tuesday night were fantastic.”