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Scunthorpe United Preview

12 September 2014

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After a free weekend, Chesterfield play their first Sky Bet League 1 game in a fortnight and welcome Scunthorpe United to the Proact Stadium.

The Spireites last competitive game was also against the Iron, when Chesterfield went down to a 2-0 Johnstone's Paint Trophy loss at Glanford Park.

In the intervening ten days tomorrow's hosts have made signings and have had positive news on the injury front, going into the game looking to cement their place in the league's top six.

The Iron have had a tougher start to their own latest tilt at League 1, but their opening win against Walsall, followed up by the victory over the Spireites, shows they will have plenty to offer this season. 

Ahead of the game Paul Cook complemented his opposition coach and the side he has put together.

He said: "We look forward to playing Scunthorpe, they're doing really well with Russ Wilcox. We both got promoted last year and we've had good games with them- and we've not beaten them yet."

After struggling with injuries and numbers in the first weeks of the season, the Spireites squad has grown with a number of new additions, and Cook is happy to have selection problems for one of the first times this campaign.

He said: "It's a funny game football. At any club you have a depth of squad and you always have players who aren't in the team and don't like the manager. Here we try to create an environment of togetherness, but we're going to have to leave one or two out for the game."

"We're pulling in the right direction and the boys are working really hard, but there's going to be a few lads disappointed. I said to the lads this morning that I could ask them to pick the team, because that's how much I think of them at the minute."

While Chesterfield's postponement gave them last weekend off, Scunthorpe travelled west and lost 2-0 to Bristol City. However, Cook was impressed with what he saw.

He said: "I watched Scunthorpe last week at Bristol City and Scunthorpe did really well at times in the game. They were well in the game and up to half time Bristol City huffed and puffed and Scunthorpe were growing in confidence. Then to concede the goal right after half time damaged them."

Cook was also sure that Wilcox will be stressing the positives to his side ahead of their short trip to Derbyshire. 

"You're never pleased with your start to the season, they'd probably like to have a point or two more but it's still the early stages of the season.

"If you said to the manager now you'd be in the next round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and in the Capital One Cup draw, and you'd have had your first league win, you'd be delighted."

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