Chesterfield: Spireites seek to defend that strong home record

Paul Cook
Paul Cook

Chesterfield will be looking to extend their impressive home record tomorrow when they take on strugglers Torquay United at the Proact Stadium.

Spireites have gone 10 League Two games unbeaten on home soil and boast one of the best records in front of their own supporters this season.

Paul Cook’s side haven’t lost since October 19 when they went down 2-0 to Burton Albion - one of only two defeats from 16 league games.

The other came at the hands of near neighbours Mansfield Town in late September in a result which brought an end to Chesterfield’s unbeaten start.

Promotion challengers Rochdale are the only side in the division to hold a better home record - notching up a total of 31 points to the Spireites’ 30.

Chesterfield’s resolve will be tested against Torquay who were dragged right in to the mire at the other end of the league after Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat to Northampton Town.

Chris Hargreaves’ first game in charge of the Gulls at Plainmoor, following Alan Knill’s departure, could have gone smoother when his side went two down in the first 15 minutes.

The result leaves Torquay placed inside the relegation zone, just three points above bottom side Northampton, ahead of Saturday’s clash with table topping Spireites.

Hargreaves has had some joy away from home, however, claiming victories and clean sheets at Wimbledon and Portsmouth since taking over in January.

Cook said: “It’s tough down there at the bottom because teams are strengthening - you look at Northampton, Bury and Portsmouth - Torquay have got their hands full trying to get out of that.

“I’m sure Chris will do his best to get out of it and we’ve got our hands full trying to beat Torquay on Saturday and I’ll just stick to concentrating on that.

“It’s a game that if we do win, we stay top and chalk another one off. And if we keep winning we’ll keep chalking them off and we’ll be in a very strong position.”

First half goals from Ollie Banks and Jay O’Shea secured a 2-0 win for Cook’s side the last time the two sides locked horns in the reverse fixture in November.

Cook has a fully fit squad to pick from ahead of tomorrow against a team who have never won a league game at Chesterfield from 19 attempts.