Cook pleased Iron got first win

United manager Russ Wilcox will leave it late to decide on his starting x1 for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie with Chesterfield this evening, after revealing a couple of his players are carrying a few knocks after the weekend’s win over Walsall.

“We have a few bumps and bruises so I will wait until later until I pick the team,” Wilcox told the Scunthorpe Telegraph.

“We have got to take this competition seriously. It is usually a League One club that wins it and we are one of those now”.

Eddie Nolan is still struggling with a neck injury and Lyle Taylor’s tight hamstring wasn’t risked against the Saddlers.

United have this morning called back Andrew Boyce from his loan spell at Grimsby, which suggests one of the players nursing an injury could be a central defender.

Chesterfield are also struggling with injuries however Trophy rules dictate clubs must start at least six of the 11 players that started their previous match, or six of the 11 players to have made the most starting appearances that season.

Spireites boss Paul Cook said: “We’re going to go up to Scunthorpe and try our best to win the game.

“The JPT is very important to us as a club, but with the list of injuries we’ve got at the minute so we are going to be stretched.”

United got their first win of the season at home to Walsall on Saturday and Cook said he was pleased for Iron boss Russ Wilcox.

“I’m really pleased for them because I think Russ is one of the better guys in football, not only is he a good manager he’s a good lad.

“They’ve had a little bit of a tough start, but they’ve picked themselves up quickly. He’s got good players over there and he knows the game as well.

“It will be a tough game. We drew twice with Scunthorpe last year and we’d like to think we can give a good account of ourselves tomorrow, although we will be stretched.”

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Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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