Friday 23 September 2011

Spireites do much better at home

Chesterfield have a poor record on the road and even their own leading fan site cannot see them coming away from The Valley with anything tomorrow afternoon.   After a poor start to the campaign, the Spireites have recovered to mid-table, but largely on the basis of home form.   Much hope is placed on loan striker Leon Clarke, he of bust up with di Canio fame, who scored a hat trick against Carlisle:

He must be the only striker greeted with the chant 'You slapped di Canio'.

A draw would be a good result for Chesterfield and it may be that they will try to play defensively, although I am none too sure about the quality of their defence.   Their first choice keeper Tommy Lee is out injured and Greg Fleming is in goal while 18-year old Adam Smith has been brought in from Leicester on loan as cover (another player named after a dead economist).   Fleming played for Gretna at one time.   The 24-year old is 6ft. 2ins. and is known for his impenetrable Scottish accent.

Talk of a 'stiff test', however, suggests psychological preparation for a defeat.  I am prepared to offer their manager a script now: 'Tough place to come with Charlton riding high ... big spending club ... gave a good account of ourselves and will get back on the road at home ... arguably should have had a penalty after ten minutes which would have changed the game.'

One concern at The Valley is always the crowd which starts to become restive at the first misplaced pass or hoofed ball.  An early goal would do a lot to settle nerves.

I know that it is a hostage to fortune, but I am confident of winning this match, although probably by a smaller margin than many of the Addickted would like.   I am going for 3-1.

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