Spireites match preview: Northampton Town v Chesterfield

Drew Talbot in action by Tina Jenner Chesterfield v Southend
Drew Talbot in action by Tina Jenner Chesterfield v Southend

Chesterfield’s sights are firmly set on reclaiming a top three spot in League Two when they travel to the division’s basement side Northampton Town.

The Spireites go in to the game off the back of two disappointing results against promotion rivals Southend United and Rochdale in the last week.

Following defeat at Roots Hall, Chesterfield had to settle for a point at home to Dale when they let a two goal lead slip through their fingers.

Marc Richards, who was shown a straight red card in the 89th minute for handball on Tuesday night, will serve a one match suspension at Sixfields.

Spireites manager Paul Cook said: “We’re disappointed not to get three points but it wouldn’t have meant any other than we move up the league.

“There are a lot of games to go and if you keep winning football games you’ll get to where you want to be.”

Cook’s side have made no secret of their ambitions to achieve promotion this season but they will go in to the clash at Sixfields without winger Jamie Devitt.

The 23-year-old has teamed up with fellow League Two side Morecambe for a month just a week after he signed a new deal at Chesterfield to keep him at the club until the end of the season.

The Lancashire side sit five points from the play-offs and face high-flying Burton Albion, Rochdale and Oxford United over the duration of Devitt’s loan.

While there are injury doubts over defensive duo Drew Talbot and Ian Evatt, who were both substituted against Rochdale, for the trip to Northampton.

Sixfields has been a happy hunting ground for Chesterfield in recent years - they are unbeaten in their last three outings and have lost just one of the last six there.

Northampton, however, are five points from safety and hold very different objectives under Andy King, who is likely to remain in temporary charge for Saturday, amidst the club’s pursuit for a new manager.

The Cobblers have won one of their four games under King, who was appointed caretaker manager following Aidy Boothroyd’s sacking on December 21, that coming away at Newport on January 4.

They have been without a permanent manager for over a month and King himself said it wasn’t an ideal situation for the club to be in, as he looks to bring players to the club to help drag them out of the relegation zone.

An injury hit Northampton, under Boothroyd, parked the bus in the reverse fixture in November when they frustrated the Spireites and escaped from the Proact with a point from a goalless draw.

King, who was scheduled to be at the Proact on Tuesday night for Chesterfield’s game with Rochdale, said: “We defended very well. We didn’t look like beating them but we defended very well and got a point.”

Northampton will have benefited from a two-week break from competitive action after last Saturday’s game at Torquay United was postponed due to the weather.

They will be without recognised right back Kevin Amankwaah after the defender’s contract with Northampton Town was terminated yesterday (Thursday, January 23).

Last time out:

Northampton Town X1 v York: Duke; Amankwaah, McGinty, Carter, Tozer, Collins, Blair, Deegan, German, Hope, Demontagnac

Chesterfield X1 v Rochdale: Lee; Talbot, Smith, Morsy, Evatt, Cooper, O’Shea, Ryan, Richards, Banks, Roberts