There’s more cup action tonight for Paul Cook’s Chesterfield, writes Phil Tooley.
Having toiled to see off a stubborn Daventry Town in the FA Cup on Saturday, the Spireites host Rochdale in the Northern quarter-finals of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy as they bid to match their successful Wembley day out in 2012.
Dale won at Torquay on Saturday to earn an FA Cup trip to Rotherham United. Spireites drew Southend United at home, the fourth time they’ve been paired with the Shrimpers in the competition.
The Essex side have triumphed in two to Chesterfield’s one, back in 1953, a season that saw Spireites reach the fourth round.
Keith Hill’s side lost their two previous league games ahead of the cup tie at Plainmoor, against Wimbledon and Dagenham & Redbridge, a brace of losses that followed a run of eight wins in nine games.
They won 1-0 at Port Vale in the last round while Spireites won by the same scoreline at neighbours Mansfield Town. The two sides are locked on 26 points in the league so a close encounter is assured.
Jay O’Shea was a very impressive sub against Daventry and he could come in for Gary McSheffrey while Cook could give a start to Sam Togwell as a replacement for Ollie Banks, whom he’s easing into the first-team picture.
George Donnelly and Peter Cavanagh look set to miss out for Dale through injury while Cook will be without Sam Morsy and Nathan Smith. The Chesterfield boss could continue with a 4-4-2 formation.