Chesterfield: Back to basics for Cook’s side

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Chesterfield manager Paul Cook says he wants an honest performance from his players tonight against York City.

The Spireites are looking to bounce back after consecutive home defeats against Mansfield Town and Burton Albion, and have not scored in more than three-and-a-half hours of football at the Proact Stadium.

Cook said: “We have lost our way a little in the our desire to play football. Sometimes you can get ahead of yourselves. Everyone has handed us the league title, everyone has said how good we are but we have not scored at home in two games.

“I want us to give an honest display of character and commitment. We had plenty of fire in our bellies at the start of the year, Saturday we did not, and as a manager that’s tough to take when you want something so badly.”

One stand-out performer in the 2-0 defeat to Burton, Armand Gnanduillet, could be in line for his first start of the season while Drew Talbot (groin) is Cook’s only injury concern.

Nigel Worthington’s Minstermen lost 3-0 at Newport County on Saturday, which brought an end to an impressive three-game run that saw them claim seven points from a possible nine.

While the history books show Chesterfield haven’t lost to York in 21 years.