Chesterfield: Spireites boss Paul Cook seeks winning formula

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Two sides struggling to find the winning formula come together at the Proact Stadium tomorrow.

Paul Cook’s Spireites (one point from the last 15) and Gary Johnson’s Yeovil Town (one from the last 18) meet in a game in which both managers will be targeting a win.

Chesterfield lost their third game on the trot on Tuesday, against Swindon Town, the first time Cook has experienced that sort of run in his two years in North Derbyshire.

It was also a second game without scoring. 15-goal leading scorer Eoin Doyle hasn’t scored in four outings but more worrying is that he’s not really had any telling supply.

With striker Armand Gnanduillet on loan at Tranmere Rovers and non-contract striker Carl Lamb having been released this week, Cook has no real options to alter things in attack, so he’ll be working on upping the supply line.

Conceding has been an issue for the Spireites of late and, to add to that misery, skipper Ian Evatt will be absent tomorrow through suspension, due to five yellow cards.

Charlie Raglan is the most likely man to come in and replace the centre-half, although Jack Broadhead, recalled from his loan at Buxton, could also come into the manager’s thoughts.

An alternative could see Ritchie Humphreys being drafted in as emergency cover in the middle of the Chesterfield back four.

Cook is unlikely to panic. His side matched Swindon until the Robins scored the first of their three goals on the half-hour mark and he knows that confidence, or lack of it, is his main enemy at the moment.

That said, Jay O’Shea, Ollie Banks, Romy Boco and Daniel Johnson, in his last weekend on loan from Aston Villa, will all be hoping for recalls.

Yeovil have taken Coventry City right-back Jordan Clarke on loan while Aaron Martin has moved in the opposite direction.

Defender Martin, with three goals, is the Glovers’ leading scorer. Former Doncaster striker James Hayter has two, as has 20-year-old Kieffer Moore.

With just 12 goals, they’re the joint lowest scorers in League One.

Two ex-Spireites are in Johnson’s squad, Brendan Moloney and Nathan Smith, both on the bench in last week’s 3-0 defeat against Rochdale.