Blues hoping to pick up where they left off

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Chesterfield FC travel down the M1 on Saturday to play Brentford, hoping they can pick up from where they left off at Rochdale.

For the Spireites 1-1 draw at Spotland on Tuesday drew an important line in the sand – it brought an end to a disappointing run of five straight League One defeats.

Manager John Sheridan rang the changes for the match at Rochdale with Mark Allott missing out on the starting line up for the first time this season and Jamaican international full-back Nathan Smith moving forward to a left midfield birth.

Flying Frenchman Alex Mendy was given more of a free role while No 9 Craig Westcarr – who gave Chesterfield a first-half lead – operated on the right of midfield as Leon Clarke was the solo striker.

The performance was an encouraging one following in the wake of the disappointing display which saw the Spireires lose 3-2 at home to Hartlepool on Saturday but the single point gained did not lift Sheridan’s men out of the relegation zone.

Sheridan was happy with the display but thought his troops should have brought three points back to the B2net Stadium.

He said: “It’s just a shame we didn’t win the game.

“We had chances to win the game and we played really well, it’s a cruel game when you’re at the bottom, you don’t get that little bit of luck.

“Some of our play was excellent and that’s all I can ask for.

“I know we can play like that and we need to keep that standard up.

“It’s stopped the rot of losing games but we deserved to win the game especially after getting to 1-0 and having some good chances.’’

Meanwhile, the Spireites travel south to Griffin Park, situated in west London, with the Bees in the top half of the table but hardly in a sparkling run of form.

Uwe Rosler’s men have won just one of their last six league games and before Tuesday’s 1-0 home defeat against Stevenage had drawn their previous three games.

In the JP Trophy they did claim a scalp by defeating east London neighbours Charlton, the League One leaders, 3-0 at The Valley.

Adult entry to Griffin Park costs £21 seated and £20 standing.

True Blue Travel departs the B2net Stadium at 9am, with a seat on the coach costing £20.

Pictured in action during the 1-1 at Rochdale is defender Aaron Downes.Photograph by Vincent Cole courtesy of the Manchester Evening News.