CHESTERFIELD will have to put their record FA Cup win to the back of their minds as they prepare for a tricky league trip.
Paul Cook’s six-shooters travel to Bradford City tonight having won their last two away games in League Two.
The manager will be without loan defender Liam Cooper. “I’d have kept the same side if I could have,” said Cook.
“But I’ve got the club captain Sam Hird available again (after suspension) he’ll come straight in.”
Cooper picked up a knock on his thigh and was unable to train yesterday.
Cook looks set to keep the same formation, 4-2-3-1, but he said: “In football nowadays, you need to be adaptable and change formations now and again. To have a favoured formation is good, mine is to have two strong, central midfielders but with both full backs attacking as well.”
Jack Lester, who scored after coming from the bench on Saturday will, if called upon, make his 200th first team appearance for Chesterfield. In that time he’s bagged 90 goals.
City started the season very well and remain well placed in fifth spot in the table. They return to Valley Parade after a run of four away games, the last two being draws in cup competitions, at Northampton on Saturday, whilst four days earlier they won on penalties in a Capital One tie at Wigan. That has earned them a home game with Arsenal.
However, in the league, just two wins in the last seven games plus injuries to first choice central defenders Luke Oliver and Andrew Davies and a suspension for skipper Ricky Ravenhill makes them more vulnerable than earlier in the campaign.
Sunderland defender John Egan is set to make his debut on loan for Bradford.