SPIREITES: Tough afternoon awaits Chesterfield FC, says Leam Richardson

Paul Cook & Leam Richardson
Paul Cook & Leam Richardson

Chesterfield assistant manager Leam Richardson believes the Spireites are in for a tough afternoon at Crawley Town.

Saturday’s game will be the first meeting between the two sides separated by six places and just three points in League One.

But Richardson knows what to expect from the long trip south having played and managed there before for Accrington Stanley.

Chesterfield go in to the match unbeaten in their last three in the league, while Crawley are unbeaten in their last five.

They have only won one of those games but both sides will be looking to finish the month with an untarnished record.

“We’re certainly aware that John Gregory’s side will offer a tough game for us, they’re coming off the back of a couple of good results,” said Richardson.

“I’ve seen them a couple of times this year, as has the manager (Paul Cook). They have a very productive front line with (Izale) McLeod and (Gavin) Tomlin.

“There are some good players around the park, we expect them to come out and play, they’ll try and win the game and hurt us in certain areas as we will to them.”

Current Spireite Gary Roberts scored the only goal of the game for Accrington in a memorable match in March 2006 on a previous visit to the Broadfield Stadium.

Richardson, Rommy Boco and Paul Cook were also involved for Stanley on that day while in 2012 Richardson oversaw a 1-1 draw after Cook was appointed Chesterfield manager.