Chesterfield: Spireites boss has a return to the top of the table in his sight

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Paul Cook insists Chesterfield need to take the momentum his side have built up over the past two games in to tonight’s clash at Exeter City, as they target a return to the top of League Two.

With league leaders Oxford United not in action until tomorrow afternoon, the Spireites could wake up in the morning top of the tree if they claim all three points against Paul Tisdale’s Grecians.

Exeter’s home at St James Park has been a happy hunting ground for Chesterfield in recent times, who have lost just once there from five games over the past 23 years. The most memorable win came in 2008 when the Spireites ran out 6-1 winners on a day Jack Lester bagged a brace.

And Cook’s side will be boosted by the progress a handful of his players have made in their recovery from injuries.

The Spireites look set to welcome back Ollie Banks, who has returned to full training after a slight hamstring strain which saw him miss Saturday’s win over Plymouth Argyle, and Marc Richards, who was replaced at half-time during the game with a swollen ankle.

On the win over John Sheridan’s Pilgrims, Cook said: “I think the lads answered a few questions in terms of desire, teams spirit and work ethic. I think to a man they were very committed to get three points.

“It allows us to move on a little more than we did last week. It’s hard football, because now we live in an age where every game there’s a post-mortem.

“Players become not good enough after one game, the team must change after a defeat and we need surgery in there to put it right.

He added: “I’ve got great belief in the players at this club.”

Sam Morsy (knee), Liam Cooper (ankle) and Gary Roberts (hamstring) have been in training and are believed to be on the verge of a return to the squad. Nathan Smith (ankle), Armand Gnanduillet (shoulder), Jimmy Ryan (shoulder) are still absent, while goalkeeper Aaron Chapman has sustained a knee injury and is likely to be out for three weeks.

Cook revealed the club had attempted to bring in cover for Tommy Lee prior to tonight’s game but were unsuccessful.