Chesterfield: Hope over Gary Roberts as Chesterfield bid to halt slide

Paul Cook
Paul Cook

Two sides whose recent form has seen them both slip down the League One ladder come together at Spotland tomorrow.

Paul Cook’s Spireites, after three straight defeats, face Keith Hill’s Rochdale, who have two defeats and a draw in their last three games.

Chesterfield have slipped to ninth while Dale have plunged from fifth to 16th position in just a month, although they do have three games in hand on their visitors.

Both teams sold their leading scorers in the transfer window.

Eoin Doyle moved from the Proact Stadium to Cardiff City and Dale striker Blades Matty Done headed to Sheffield United.

Despite losing Done, Hill still has double-figure scorers Iain Henderson and Peter Vincenti to call upon, as well as Calvin Andrew. Andrew was a sub in the last match, a 2-1 loss at Peterborough, but prior to that he’d scored three goals in five games.

Hill’s side did win their last home came comfortably, 4-1 against Crawley, but had failed to win in their previous four matches on home turf.

Sharing Spotland with the town’s rugby league club means the pitch may not be in the best of conditions, although Hornets have played there just once so far this year, a pre-season friendly last Sunday.

Chesterfield manager Cook will have another selection conundrum.

Having made five personnel and a formation change for the midweek trip, and 2-0 loss, to Scunthorpe, he will be hoping that Gary Roberts reports fit after missing the last month with a hamstring injury.

Ian Evatt (concussion) should also be available again, although little blame for the midweek game can be levelled at central defenders Sam Hird and debutant Ashley Carter who looked reasonably solid throughout.

Speedy winger Gboly Ariyibi will also hope to hold on to his shirt after a more-than-impressive hour or so at Glandford Park in his first ever league start.

Regardless of venue, this fixture almost always produces goals.

The last 0-0 encounter was back in May 1985, the day the Spireites were presented with the Division Four Champions’ Trophy.