Chesterfield: Spireites look to get play-off push back on track

Sam Hird is available again following a suspension.
Sam Hird is available again following a suspension.
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Chesterfield will be aiming to get their play-off challenge back on track when they travel to Scunthorpe United tonight.

Following consecutive home defeats against Preston North End and Leyton Orient, Spireites take on the Iron for the fifth time this season.

United won in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, Chesterfield came out on top in an FA Cup replay and Cook’s men came from behind to win 4-1 in the league.

Last weekend, Mark Robins’ side beat Swindon Town 3-1, coming from behind at the break with January signing Kevin van Veen, a Dutch striker, scoring his first goal in England. Iron, lying in 18th place, are just five points behind Chesterfield and have two games in hand showing just how tight League One is.

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook will have Sam Hird available after suspension and he’s likely to replace Ian Evatt who picked up a nasty knock to his head in stoppage time versus Orient.

Cook will also have to decide what to do from a formation perspective; his favoured 4-2-3-1 hasn’t been witnessed in 2015 yet. Additionally, following Eoin Doyle’s deadline day move to Cardiff City, Cook’s not been able to determine his best attacking option.

Left back Dan Jones could return, enabling Sam Clucas to move further forwards whilst Caolan Lavery, Armand Gnanduillet, Byron Harrison and Mani Dieseruvwe will all be hoping for a starting shirt as the manager continues to strive to find a successful formula in front of goal.

Whatever eleven he starts with, Cook will be hoping that his side is more upbeat than at the weekend. Twice Spireites led without ever reaching any fluidity and with a play-off position seemingly retained deep into stoppage time, a Tommy Lee error allowed rock bottom Orient to grab a late winner.

Defensively Chesterfield were lacklustre and the midfield creativity was under par and whilst the front two of Lavery and Gnanduillet worked hard, they didn’t trouble keeper Alex Cisak as much as was needed.