‘We’re ready for whatever Bury throw at us’ - Cook

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Paul Cook has vowed that his Chesterfield side will be ready for whatever Bury throw at them in their League Two curtain raiser.

The Spireites narrowly missed out on a play-off place last season but will be looking to go one better this time around after an encouraging pre-season.

Their journey begins at Gigg Lane tomorrow against a Bury side who have gone under major reconstruction work this summer after relegation from League One.

Kevin Blackwell has seen no fewer than 16 players leave and as many come in.

Cook said: “We’re prepared for what Bury will throw at us. We’ve picked the team and everyone knows how we want to play.

“We can’t be promoted after one game. The league table doesn’t lie and at the end of the year the best team finishes top, over 46 games we want to be one of the best teams.”

Chesterfield will be without central defenders Ian Evatt and Liam Cooper.

Evatt, who returned to the club this week, is said to be a couple of weeks away from being match sharp while Cooper misses the game with a side strain.

The Spireites have been boosted by the return to training of Jimmy Ryan and Sam Morsy.

The midfield duo were doubts after picking up knocks, but both have been given the green light and are in contention.

Bury, meanwhile, will be without defender Phil Picken.

Blackwell is hopeful a blend of youth and experience will work in his favour this season, with Rwandan Jessy Reindorf and former Bristol City striker Marlon Jackson adding to his forward options this week.

Chesterfield have had mixed fortunes at Gigg Lane in recent years, having won twice, drawn twice and lost once in their last five visits.

A late header from Steven Schumacher denied the Spireites from taking all three points when the two sides last met there in February 2012 while the two clubs were in League One.