Spireites: Chesterfield building momentum ahead of key period

Chesterfield will be looking to build on the momentum gained over the last week when they face Bristol Rovers at the Proact Stadium.

The Spireites have created a buzz amongst supporters after picking up consecutive victories on the road to propel themselves back to the top of the table, as the promotion race begins to hot up.

The League Two leaders have a busy month ahead of them with seven games in the space of less than four weeks, which includes the mouthwatering tie against Fleetwood Town in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy northern area final.

The first leg is away on Tuesday night, with the returning match at the Proact on Monday, February 17, and they take on title rivals Scunthorpe United on Saturday, February 8 at Glanford Park.

But before that they have the chance to consolidate their position at the top of the division against John Ward’s Rovers on Saturday and Chesterfield boss Paul Cook said he’s taking it one game at a time.

He said: “We just look forward to the next game. You’d like to think we’d get good support on Saturday because as the games run out we’re going to need those supporters really badly because Saturday’s a big game for us because it’s the next one.”

Chesterfield won the last time the two met at the Proact in March when Cook’s Spireites were making a late surge for the play-offs.

Second half goals from Jay O’Shea and Armand Gnanduillet sealed three valuable points for Chesterfield, who eventually narrowly missed out on a top seven spot.

There was little to shout about in the reverse fixture this campaign in October when the two sides played out a goalless draw in Bristol at the Memorial Stadium.

Eoin Doyle missed a gilt- edged chance before he was given his marching orders for a second yellow three minutes from the end.

The day was soured by the injury to battling midfielder Sam Morsy. The 22-year-old has since recovered after two months out and has made a return to the starting line-up.

Rovers suffered late heartache on Tuesday night when an injury time goal from Peter Murphy gave Accrington Stanley all three points at the Memorial Stadium.

The result leaves Rovers four points above the drop zone.

Teams last time out

Rovers X1 v Accrington Stanley: Mildenhall; Smith, Brown, Clarke, Parkes, McChrystal, Lockyer, O’Toole, Harrold, Richards, Mohamed.

Spireites X1 v York City: Lee; Darikwa, Evatt, Cooper, Hunphreys; Morsy, Ryan; Gardner, Banks, Roberts; Doyle.