Spireites looking to continue good vibes

Paul Cook applauds the travelling Spireites support at Bury by Tina Jenner
Paul Cook applauds the travelling Spireites support at Bury by Tina Jenner
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Paul Cook has revealed there is a strong belief within the Chesterfield ranks ahead of their Capital One Cup Round One clash with Leeds United.

The Spireites travel to Elland Road tonight on the back of an opening day win and a clean sheet at newly relegated Bury in League Two.

More than 2,000 Chesterfield supporters will be making the journey over to West Yorkshire in hope their side can upset the odds against Leeds.

Blues boss Cook said his players are looking forward to pitting themselves against Brian McDermott’s Championship side, who beat Brighton 2-1 at home on Saturday.

He said: “We’ve got a group of players who have got great belief in themselves. We go to Leeds expecting to play well, and if we play well we expect to get results.

“We know our fans will travel in good numbers, as they always do, and expect us to make a good account of ourselves - that’s exactly what we’ll do.

“The club is in a good place at the minute. There’s a good vibe around the club and you can feel it.

“I felt it over pre-season and the important thing was to take that into the season. Saturday was a start and we’ll be looking to continue that against Leeds.”

It will be the first time the two clubs have met since November 1960 when Leeds ran out 4-0 winners at Saltergate in the League Cup.

Chesterfield haven’t made it past the first round of the competition in six years, suffering a late heartbreak at the hands of Tranmere Rovers last time around.

Ryan Edwards and Sam Hird are expected to carry on at the heart of Chesterfield’s back line in the absence of Ian Evatt and Liam Cooper, who missed the trip to Gigg Lane on Saturday. Cooper is understood to be close to a return to action while Evatt remains short on match fitness.

Edwards has been rewarded for his performances in recent weeks with a two-month extension to his loan deal from Blackburn Rovers.

The 19-year-old joined the Spireites on an initial one-month deal in July.

Cook added: “He’s deserved it. He’s a young player who will make mistakes but the games he’s been involved in he’s been outstanding.”

Former Nottingham Forest and Notts County man Hamza Bencherif has left the club following a trial period.