Chesterfield: Spireites ‘mistake’ in fielding unfit Gary Roberts

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Spireites will be without talisman Gary Roberts for the visit of his former club Swindon Town this evening.

The midfielder, who is the reigning League Two Player of the Year, has been having hamstring issues for much of the last few weeks and he struggled after coming on as a late sub in the 1-0 defeat at Walsall on Saturday.

Manager Paul Cook, who admitted it was a mistake selecting him for the squad, has said he’ll not be selected again until he’s had at least a week’s full training without an issue.

Chesterfield have yet to win a game this season when Roberts hasn’t started, so Cook will be seeking a new winning formula.

The manager was disappointed with the concession at Walsall; “We had ten men behind the ball when they scored. Dan Gardner and Sam Clucas, two of our flair players, were behind the ball, they’ll not be doing that again. Eoin Doyle was too isolated and when he’s isolated, he can’t be a threat, so we’ll be working on ensuring we create enough for him and the other attack minded players to get into good goal scoring positions.”

Cook has also indicated that Villa loanee Daniel Johnson will play again before he returns to his parent club after the weekend game with Yeovil Town, so he could come in for the game against Mark Cooper’s Robins. Jay O’Shea and Ollie Banks will also be hoping for recalls.

Swindon, who drew 2-2 with Colchester United last weekend, sit a place above Chesterfield and have also slipped a little of late themselves with no wins in four. The Wiltshire side do have fire power, only Bristol City have scored more this season in League One and they’ve had ten different scorers.