Chesterfield manager Paul Cook believes the squad are struggling to break down teams that set up to defend and explained that the players must be more ruthless.Having taken just three points from their last six games, Chesterfield have not followed up the early season form that saw them storm to the top of the League 2 table.
But the gaffer believes it is only a matter of time before the Spireites return to their ruthless style of play. He said: “One of the problems we’re walking into at the minute is how teams are setting up to play us. It’s a problem we’ve got to overcome quickly because it’s a problem that’s coming at us regularly.
“We’re struggling with teams that set up deep and keep a lot of men behind the ball. It’s not as easy as people think, you don’t just get two lads up front and hit the ball long – you’ll find the ball coming back a lot quicker.
“The message to our players all week is how good they are and the belief we have in them as a club including our supporters. We want them to go out on Saturday and express themselves and show the reasons why we were so well thought of at the beginning of the year.”
After having an almost fully fit squad to choose from over the last two games, Cook is faced with further selection problems following an injury to Sam Morsy, a suspension for Eoin Doyle and Tendayi Darikwa and Ollie Banks missing through illness.
“We’ve got one or two selection headaches but whatever team we put out is more than strong enough to do well in the game," explained the Liverpudlian.
However, Chesterfield striker Marc Richards is now considered to be fully fit after missing a number of games through a thigh injury and the manager is delighted to see the forward return.
“He’s done a full week’s training, he’s come on as a substitute in two or three games and he looked very sharp in training this morning," stated Cook before adding: “Marc was leading the line excellently well and we were winning a lot of games. All of our players are valued in the squad, Marc is just like everyone else.”
The Spireites will be looking towards a return to form against Scunthorpe United on Saturday and the manager believes re-adapting the early season mentality will help them achieve the victory. He said: “Our pitch is in great nick, it’s a great stadium and teams seem to come and enjoy playing here. We’ve got to go back to the way we were playing early on in the season and make it more uncomfortable for teams.
“We’ve got to be braver with our play and we’ve got to be more inventive to show everyone that we are the best team in this division.”
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