Chesterfield: Spireites hope for cup repeat in League One clash with Oldham Athletic

Jonathan Forte
Jonathan Forte

The Spireites host Oldham Athletic tomorrow in League One after the club’s last four meetings have all been in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Chesterfield won three of those ties outright and the other via a penalty shoot-out, and Paul Cook will be hoping for a continuation of that sequence against Lee Johnson’s side.

The Latics, however, are in decent form, unbeaten in ten in all competitions.

Oldham, who’ve not won on Spireites turf since 2002, beat Walsall 2-1 last time out and that followed on from their penalty win over Barnsley in the JPT, the shoot-out required after Danny Wilson’s side came back from 2-2 down to nick a 90-minute draw.

The Latics’ ten-game unbeaten run follows a start to the season in which they didn’t win any of their opening five fixtures.

Away from home, the Boundary Park side have won only at Doncaster Rovers, but they’ve picked up points at Colchester, Swindon, Notts County and Peterborough United.

Ex-Blade Jonathan Forte was on the bench last week nursing a niggling knee problem, but the club’s leading scorer, with seven goals, is set to return to the starting line-up following Conor Wilkinson’s recall by parent club Bolton Wanderers.

Johnson, a pal of Spireites chief scout Paul Mitchell and a former Chesterfield loan player, has five league ever-presents in his squad: keeper Paul Rachubka, defender James Wilson plus midfielders Carl Winchester, Mike Jones and Liam Kelly.

The visitors could be without experienced players George Elokobi and Adam Lockwood, who are overcoming injuries, while Genseric Kusunga returns after international duty with Angola.

Meanwhile, Chesterfield manager Cook is not likely to make any major changes for the match, and it would be no surprise to see an unchanged side despite the 3-2 defeat at pace-setters Bristol City last weekend.

Despite the defence being looked at closely having managed just one clean sheet this season, Cook is set to stick stick with his back four of Tendayi Darikwa, skipper Ian Evatt, Georg Margreitter and Daniel Jones.