NEW loan signing Liam Cooper will be all out to make a good, first impression if, as expected, he gets the nod for a centre defence spot in Chesterfield’s FA Cup, first round tie at home to Hartlepool this afternoon.
With injuries, suspension and ineligibility stripping new boss Paul Cook of defensive otions, Cooper is lined up to figure at the start of his month’s loan from Championship side Hull City.
“I’m ready and raring to go because that’s what I’ve come here to do - play games,” said the 21-year-old.
“Hopefully I can make a good impression right from the start but, importantly, that the club gets some results starting with progress through to the second round.”
Cooper said he was a hard-working type who wore his heart on his sleeve and wanted to come in and be a strong point in the team.
“The gaffer has said to me to be confident in my ability and I want to show what I can do for the good of the team,” he added.
Cooper is likely to start and it appears there could be a return to action in goal for Tommy Lee who has missed 12 games since injuring his shoulder at the beginning of September.
Chesterfield haven’t won at home in their last four outings at the Proact Stadium, the last victory being over the Accrington Stanley side that Cook managed on September 18. Hartlepool arrive as the bottom side in League One and have won just once in 17 games this season, a run which recently cost manager Neale Cooper his job. Former player Micky Barron is in charge.
They will be without former Rotherham United winger Andy Monkhouse who has an ankle injury. Ex-Owls man Ritchie Humphreys will figure.