It’s just one defeat in eight now for Paul Cook’s Spireites.
However that statistic hides the roller-coaster nature of the last six weeks or so during which the team lost its way, a little, before battling back slowly to its best as seen in Tuesday’s 3-0 JPT win over Rochdale.
Whilst Ollie Banks took most of the plaudits for his two goals, watched from the stands by his dad Ian, formerly of Barnsley, Rotherham and assistant manager at Chesterfield, Cook was pleased with the performance of the whole of his team.
He said: “We were excellent, our players are top class and they’ll get us where we want to be. The Rochdale game was more about going back to what we believe in and how we play and young Ollie was a sensational player on the night but we had plenty of good performers.”
There’s no doubting Cook’s preferred draw for the Northern semi-final: “I’m dying to play Rotherham, they got the better of us last year in a big game and it still hurts me.”
Chesterfield set off to the seaside tomorrow to take on Alan Knill’s Torquay United. In a mirror image to Spireites’ form, they’ve won just one in eight, a 3-1 win at Bury at the start of this month. They’ve not won at Plainmoor since September, scoring just once at home in their last four home games.
Former Chesterfield favourite Aaron Downes is playing in the heart of United’s defence with ex-Owls Kevin Nicholson at left-back and Dale Tonge, formerly with Rotherham and Barnsley at right-back.
They have attacking flair in Elliot Benyon, Karl Hawley and Lee Mansell so cannot be underestimated but just one home win all season in all competitions indicates that Cook’s charges will be expected to garner some reward from the long trip.