Chesterfield: Cook after win over ex-club Accrington

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Spireites make the trip to Accrington Stanley this afternoon looking for their first ever win at the Crown Ground.

Manager Paul Cook, who joined Chesterfield from the North West side, will be hoping to extend the hosts’ poor run of form.

Accrington, 4-1 losers at Rotherham United on Saturday, have lost five of their last six games and haven’t won any in nine. Jack Lester returns to the squad after a three game ban and fellow striker Marc Richards is likely to play after his tight hamstring cost him a two game miss. Jay O’Shea picked up a slight knock at the weekend but is expected to be fit.

Utility man Conor Townsend, red carded after scoring his first ever senior goal against Morecambe, will sit out the game but Chesterfield may appeal the card today. If they do, any punishment will be deferred until after the game and Townsend’s loan from Hull City then ends after the weekend trip to Wycombe Wanderers.

Defender Terrell Forbes could return to the squad after a spat with his manager. The former QPR and Orient man has been on the side-lines of late and Cook confirmed this was attitude based rather than tactical. Incumbent right back Drew Talbot was involved in a non-stop battle with ex-Miller Kevin Ellison on Saturday and was considerably roughed up.

Stanley’s goalkeeping crisis, first choice Ian Dunbavin is injured and loan replacement Paul Rachubka banned, saw Cameron Belford drafted in from Southend United for the trip to the New York Stadium.

The 24-year-old was at the centre of a storm at Chesterfield last Easter when he was punched by a Spireites fan following a pitch invasion against his then club Bury.