Spireites’ fan Ashley Williamson gives his verdict on the season so far.
Chesterfield lost to bottom-of-the-table Blackpool to extend the Spireites’ losing run to three games in the league.
The game couldn’t have started worse as they conceded from the first corner of the game in the second minute.
Chesterfield didn’t really have a decent shot of note until Ian Evatt headed a corner onto the crossbar before Blackpool broke away, and from that resulting break-away, Brad Potts managed to slide the ball past Spireites goalkeeper Tommy Lee to double their advantage.
Dean Saunders hasn’t had the best of starts, winning three of his ten league games but drawing two and losing five.
Some fans are already calling for him to get the sack, but the Spireites’ boss is remaining positive for the away fixture against Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.
Many fans expect three points and nothing else, especially as Crewe dropped to the foot of the table following Blackpool’s win.
Saunders, though, has said “we’ve got to get ourselves off the floor” for the game against Crewe.
The result against Blackpool has followed damaging defeats against Burton Albion (1-2), Coventry City (1-0), and Wigan Athletic (2-3), as well as an agonising draw against Colchester United (3-3) at home.
This result leaves Chesterfield three points above the drop zone, and six points off sixth-placed Sheffield United.
Saunders said post-match that he was “disappointed to have conceded so early”.
He also thought that bringing on former Ivory Coast under-20 international striker Armand Gnanduillet on at half-time would help boost the attack content and so they could play two up front as well, and to try and get the ball up to him and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake quicker.
Chesterfield defender Chris Herd has recently joined the Spireites on a free transfer from Premier League side Aston Villa, and got his second start for the club at Blackpool, and was taken off in the second half for Drew Talbot to come on.
The defender got injured during a loan spell at Wigan Athletic last season, but he is starting to get more minutes underneath his belt.
Another of Saunders’ signings as Chesterfield boss is striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, who has scored two goals since signing for the Spireites, but is still recovering from a serious knee injury.
However, Saunders will hope he and the rest of the Chesterfield players can start picking up positive results before the season turns dire.