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Cook Confident In Squad

3 October 2013

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Chesterfield manager, Paul Cook, is without a number of first team players going into Saturday's game against Morecambe but remains confident in the depth of his squad.

With injuries to Nathan Smith, Matty Brown, Armand Gnanduillet and two other unnamed players alongside Gary Roberts' suspension, the manager faces his first real selection test of the new season.

“It’s a tough league. Without going into detail, this weekend, we’re going to be a few players short and it will stretch us quite quickly," explained Cook.

However, the manager remained adamant that Saturday's team will still be a strong side that are more than capable of returning with three points. The Liverpudlian said: “We’re going to put a team on the pitch at Morecambe on Saturday that we think’s a very strong team and can win the game.”

After receiving a straight red card in the dying minutes of the game against Mansfield Town last weekend, Roberts will be forced to miss out on three games, including the return trip to the One Call Stadium in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. 

Cook commented on his disappointment at losing the midfielder. “We can’t pick him for three games and that’s the biggest disappointment after the dust settles. We lose, in our opinion, a top player and we can’t pick him for three games," said the gaffer.

Having suffered their first league defeat of the season at home to Mansfield, the manager showed his desire to rebuild quickly and return to winning ways. He said: “I think we’ve got a very good group of lads, they hurt when they get beat, they’ve had a great run and they’ve never got carried away with it.”

Saturday's opponents, Morecambe, are yet to lose in the League at home this season and Cook is well aware of the challenge ahead of Chesterfield.  “To be unbeaten at home takes some doing in this league, I think Morecambe will be off their front foot on Saturday and we’re under no illusions that we’ve got our hands full," he explained.

To watch the full interview, log on to Spireites Player.

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