Chesterfield: Record win could boost League form

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Paul Cook can look back on the weekend FA Cup win at Braintree Town with a sense of pride after a record 6-0 win - and he will be hoping his side can repeat that ruthless form at Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.

Alex drew 0-0 at home to Sheffield United last weekend, a game Cook attended to aid his background preparation.

The tie made it three games without a win for the struggling Railwaymen, though they did win three on the trot prior to that run.

All of Cook’s squad look to have made it through the romp in Essex unscathed, a game that saw the manager able to name only six subs.

Huddersfield Town loan man Oscar Gobern was ineligible but it looks increasingly likely that he may not play any further part in Spireites’ season and the 23-year-old could be set to return to the John Smith Stadium early.

It’s not believed the former Southampton man is injured. That could mean Cook will be seeking reinforcements ahead of the trip.

The manager has made no secret of his desire to land a central defender and a striker, though the respective performances of Charlie Raglan, who arrived at the club from non league FC United of Manchester and Sam Clucas could mean the wait goes on a little longer.

Raglan has helped the side keep back to back clean sheets for the first time this season whilst Clucas’s first game for the club as a striker, playing alongside Eoin Doyle, was impressive; he scored one and made one.

Drew Talbot, Sam Hird and Georg Margreitter are all still a few weeks away from a first team return severely limiting Cook’s options in the back four.

Spireites’ players and officials will be laying wreaths at a short ceremony today at 1.15pm at the Club’s Memorial Garden.

The wreaths will commemorate the 16 players and officials with links to the club who were killed during the two World Wars of the 20th Century.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the event.