Spireites eye double to sustain title hopes

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Chesterfield will look to continue their title revival on Good Friday against an Exeter City side struggling near the foot of League Two.

It’s the other end of the table which occupies Spireites’ thoughts after a weekend of results which propelled them right back into the title race and five points clear of the play-offs.

Blues boss Paul Cook opted to rest key figures Gary Roberts, Ritchie Humphreys and Jay O’Shea at Hartlepool, as Sam Hird started in place of the suspended Jimmy Ryan. Drew Talbot remains doubtful after he suffered a recurrence of an abductor injury he picked up in February.

Chesterfield will be hopeful of completing a league double over Exeter, who they beat 2-0 in the reverse fixture thanks to goals from Ollie Banks and Marc Richards.

Paul Tisdale’s Exeter side are three games without a win and have Torquay, Scunthorpe and Hartlepool to come after Friday’s encounter at the Proact with Spireites (kick-off 3pm).

Exeter have shown they can move the football around as well as some of the top sides in the division, with victories over Fleetwood and Plymouth in March.

Jordan Moore-Taylor, who bagged his first Exeter goal on Saturday in the 1-1 home draw against Cheltenham Town, said: “The higher up the table you go, the more teams want to play football. And if teams want to play football against us, then I think, nine times out of ten, we will beat them.”