Cook looks to put FA Cup woes to one side

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Spireites can put their potential FA Cup woes to one side as they host in-form Bradford City, looking to leapfrog the Bantams with a win.

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook said: “I think the good thing for me as a manager is that sometimes games like Bradford City come round and they take care of themselves. There’s always a good match day atmosphere, you’ve got two teams capable of scoring goals and pushing forwards and Bradford have got some fantastic players.

Cook paid credit to City manager Phil Parkinson, saying: “Phil’s had a very good time at Bradford City. The success of getting to Wembley in the League Cup was an amazing achievement. He should have received the manager of the season from every division for that one.

“We know it’s going to be a difficult game tomorrow, Bradford are a strong side. We know that if we win tomorrow we’ll go above them but Phil will be telling his players that if they beat us they’ll go clear of us.”

Cook has no fresh injury concerns and looks set to select the same eleven that won well at MK Dons though he may consider a formation change with Armand Gnanduillet playing as a lone striker and leading scorer Eoin Doyle switching to an attacking midfield role.

Dan Jones serves the second match of a three match ban for his red card at Crawley Town whilst Sam Hird and Ian Evatt came through the midweek Derbyshire FA Senior Cup game with no ill effects, though man of the moment Georg Margreitter will retain his place in defence before returning to Wolves after the game.