Chesterfield: Spireites lodge Lee appeal

Tommy Lee makes the walk towards the dressing room after his red card Pic By James Williamson
Tommy Lee makes the walk towards the dressing room after his red card Pic By James Williamson

Spireites have decided to appeal the one match ban handed to Tommy Lee for denying Blades’ Ryan Flynn a goalscoring opportunity.

The keeper, ever present in the league since the start of last season, was red carded shortly before half-time to be replaced by 18-year-old development squad debutant Myles Wright, described afterwards by his manager as ‘not being ready for league football yet.’

Paul Cook will no doubt await the outcome of the appeal before deciding whether to call back Aaron Chapman from his loan at Accrington Stanley or hire in an alternative keeper to cover any Lee absence.

The 3-2 win over Sheffield United put Spireites in sixth spot in the table as they prepare for the trip to the unbeaten table-toppers Bristol City.

Games between the two sides in recent years have witnessed plenty of goals. Since the start of the 21st Century, 13 league meetings between the teams have spawned an impressive 47 goals and in that time Spireites have notched up two wins at Ashton Gate, 3-2 in 2004-05 and 4-2 the season after. Those back to back wins came after 103 years of playing City in Bristol without a single Spireites victory.

Cook has promised the travelling fans, limited to 900 due to development work at Ashton Gate, that his side will be looking to attack from the off.

He said: “We have an ethos at our club that we want to attack and we want our fans to travel away to Bristol City knowing that we’ll have a go.

“When they get on the buses and leave the stadium next Saturday, they’ll know that we’re going to have a go and try and score goals to try and win the game. When you travel to support your team, that’s a very important thing to know.”