Chesterfield: Cook faces ‘hard’ Wembley decisions

Spireites boss Paul Cook touchline against Fleetwood by Tina Jenner Chesterfield v Fleetwood JPT
Spireites boss Paul Cook touchline against Fleetwood by Tina Jenner Chesterfield v Fleetwood JPT
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Chesterfield manager Paul Cook said he’s got difficult decisions to make ahead of his side’s Wembley showdown on Sunday.

The Spireites boss is facing a selection headache prior to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final against Peterborough United.

He said: “When you’re a manager and you have to leave people off the bench that you really care about, it is not good, especially at Wembley.

“I wish I could give up something myself to enable those lads to be there. Unfortunately, the hard part with football and management sometimes, you’ve got to make those decisions.

“I can guarantee it’s going to be the hardest decision of my managerial career because I don’t want to leave anyone out.”

Drew Talbot returned to the substitutes bench on Tuesday night’s win over Morecambe yet didn’t feature as Chesterfield secured a 1-0. Chesterfield made four changes to the starting eleven which were held by bitter rivals Mansfield at Field Mill the previous Saturday.

Eoin Doyle, Mason Bennett and Jimmy Ryan were selected along with Jay O’Shea who shone and got his name on the scoresheet.

Gary Roberts and Marc Richards were both introduced from a bench, which also boasted unused Sam Hird and Ollie Banks.

Bennett, on loan from Derby County, is eligible for selection for the final under the terms of the agreement between the two clubs.

Cook will put faith in his thought process which has seen him lift Chesterfield in to the automatic places this season. He has also achieved cup success during his five-year spell in charge of Sligo Rovers in Ireland.

He guided Sligo to two FA Cups in the League of Ireland and one League Cup, as well as leading them into Europe through their lofty league position.

And on Wembley, Cook added: “It’s an amazing occasion for us all. Every club would love to be off to Wembley this weekend.”