Chesterfield: Lack of goals is a concern for boss Cook

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Paul Cook hinted ahead of last weekend’s trip to Rochdale that he was looking to stick with the same eleven for ‘three or four games.’

His side lost by a single set-play goal to Keith Hill’s Dale in a generally low-key affair but several of the players he was hoping to persist with were well under par.

Lack of goals is clearly the side’s main worry and two of Cook’s attacking trio, Armand Gnanduillet and Gboly Ariyibi, were well below their best at Spotland.

That means the boss will be torn between keeping a settled side as desired or re-introducing the likes of Byron Harrison or Caolan Lavery to boost the lack-lustre front line.

The third member of the front three, Gary Roberts, was returning after a month out with a hamstring injury.

He said: “I wasn’t taking it easy, but I was taking it a little bit more carefully than usual.”

Skipper Ian Evatt will be available again after missing two games with concussion and he too will be hoping for a return though Sam Hird and inexperienced Wolves loanee Ashley Carter were blameless in last week’s trip to Greater Manchester.

Visitors Fleetwood Town will be without suspended left-back Stephen Crainey and their alternative for that position, Danny Andrew, is out injured. Striker Jamille Matt is also out injured for Graham Alexander’s Cod Army.

Fleetwood came from behind to beat Notts County 2-1 last weekend, a result that saw them move above Spireites in the table though a home win on Saturday will reverse that positioning.