The Spireites will be looking to bounce back from their 3-0 defeat at Southend. They nearly won at York, but a last gasp equaliser by the home team in time added on cost them. Although the Spireites are a much improved team since that performance. York who failed to win a single match in November, have won two of their last 3 games, winning 3-2 at Rochdale and 4-1 in their last game at home to Bristol Rovers. Although the Spireites could be without Marc Richards they should be too strong for York City, they are no longer a one man team, they will attack as a team and defend as a team. They have plenty of players in the team capable of scoring.
Paul Cook speaking to club website said: ‘We’ve had a great level of performance so far, It’s been fantastic, it’s been a great journey so far. We’ve had some great wins but Friday night (against Southend) was totally unacceptable. York have had a fantastic season so far, coming up from the conference. They’ve had some really good victories and are in a very healthy League position. We respect York greatly but the emphasis must be on us. If we prepare well and we play well you’ve seen what we can do. If we prepare well and don’t turn up we’ve also seen what can happen. So it’s important we concentrate on ourselves and get get ourselves focused and in the right frame of mind to play a football match. ‘
Chesterfield Team News:
Marc Richards is a big doubt after going off injured at Southend. There are no other injury worries for the Spireites.
Player to watch: Jay O’Shea
With Marc Richards doubtful, Cook as the option of playing O’Shea upfront. With his pace and ability to open up a defence and an eye for goal he will be the real danger man for the Spireites.
York City Team News:
Influential Midfielder Patrick McLaughlin remains a major doubt after bruising a lung and a kidney in their last match. Chris Doig (ankle) and Ashley Chambers (groin) are also in a race to be fit.
Player to watch: Matty Blair
Matty Blair was their Top Scorer last season with 20 league and cup goals. The quick winger can operate on both flanks.
Match Facts & Stats
The Spireites are unbeaten in the their last 15 League games against York City. The Spireites home record is also very good winning 23, drawing 10 and losing just 5 games. The last time York visited Chesterfield was the opening game of the 2000/01 promotion winning season. Chesterfield trailing 1-0 at half-time won the game 4-1 with goals from Reeves, Parish, Brechin and Ryan Williams.
Christopher Sarginson will be in change of today’s festive fixture. The Spireite faithful will be hoping for a similar score line to the one they had the last time the Referee was in charge at the Proact, the Spireites winning 6-1 in the FA Cup against Hartlepool.
The Spireites will be up for this game and with a festive bumper crowd behind them, they should be too strong for York City.
Next fixture a home game against Morecambe.