Liam in doubt as Spireites seek perfect finish

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Influential defender Liam Cooper is doubtful for Chesterfield’s weekend trip to Barnet, with an ankle injury.

Manager Paul Cook said: “It is touch and go for Barnet but he will definitely be all right for the week after.”

As for striker Marc Richards, who scored a brace against his former Port Vale employers before limping off, he is likely to be out for the rest of the month, so in essence the rest of the season.

That means skipper Sam Hird and veteran striker Jack Lester are in pole positions for starts as Chesterfield look to win their final five games and sneak into the play-off picture.

Barnet, struggling in 18th place at the wrong end of the table, also desperately need the win although they have started to really tighten their defence, in fact they have not conceded in four minutes short of seven and a half hours.

Spireites’ assistant boss Tommy Wright thinks his side is capable of a late-burst saying: “You never know. People react differently to pressure. You’ve just got to stay calm, believe in what you do and if we keep playing like we have in the last two games there’s no reason why we can’t go on.”

Edgar Davids’ Bees, like Spireites, took four points from two games over Easter but they remain in an eight team scrum with just four points separating 17th placed Dagenham & Redbridge and rock bottom Aldershot Town.

Chesterfield haven’t won at Barnet since 2008, keeper Tommy Lee’s debut, he made his 200th club appearance last Saturday. The star of the show that day, scoring two, was Lester, who will be hoping to repeat that success in what will be Spireites last visit to Underhill as the hosts prepare to move elsewhere.