Spireites blogger: Robin Van Persie would struggle to score for Chesterfield


Patience is the key word in my opinion. The fans have to be patient with Paul Cook, because he knows what he is doing.

He must be doing something right if he inspired Tommy Lee to stay, who is Championship keeper in my eyes, and Liam Cooper who is showing real promise at centre-back.

But the players have to be patient in possession. There has been far too much chasing games. I feel the team have been trying to force goals, and the ball hasn’t been stroked on the turf enough in recent weeks.

The strikers are getting stick but Robin Van Persie wouldn’t score all his goals if he got service in the shape of unproductive long balls.

Like every Chesterfield fan, I want the attractive football we saw against Hartlepool and Cheltenham to return. But as Paul Cook said at Wycombe, the good days aren’t coming consistently enough.

In my opinion, if you bolster key areas in the squad, Chesterfield can beat any League One side on their day. We’ve seen when that when the likes of Mark Randall hit their best performances, and Chesterfield keep possession, they’re absolutely sensational!

Central midfielder Randall holds Champions League experience from when Arsene Wenger called him up to the Arsenal first team - you only have to use his assist at Wembley to complement that statement. He should be running the show in the centre of the park for me.

Sam Togwell seems to be more about industry, putting in a shift is so much easier when your winning, and even more easier if you’re not chasing long balls back and forth.

Louis Boa Morte is a former Premier League winner, with 30 Premier League goals to his name. However, his current record at Chesterfield says he’s picked up as many bookings as he has starts, and he hasn’t scored yet – not a great record for a player who was a Portuguese international from 2001 to 2009.

I think it has got to the point where Craig Clay must start. In almost 11 and a half hours of football, that Clay has played this season, Chesterfield have scored on average a goal every 46 minutes, and conceded on average every 114 minutes.

In over 37 hours of football without Clay this campaign, the Spireites have scored on average a goal every 77 minutes, and conceded once in less than every 70 minutes of action.

I use the Morecambe game as prime evidence. On that day, Chesterfield had two strikers out, and that virtually destroyed us!

If Chesterfield lose their first choice goalkeeper, it’s a blow – and it’s an even bigger blow if any of the back four gets injured, because there are simply no replacements!

However, when a midfielder got sent off in the Morecambe game, we suddenly went and dominated the game for 20 minutes. Midfield is by far our strongest area of the pitch - can the midfielders step up to the plate?

By Jonathan Kirby