Chesterfield: Spireites aim to bounce back after Preston loss

Charlie Raglan
Charlie Raglan

Spireites host bottom-of-the-table Leyton Orient on Saturday determined to get back into the play-off zone.

Paul Cook, the Chesterfield boss, will be without the suspended Sam Hird, who was sent off in the midweek home defeat against Preston North End. He will also be hoping striker Armand Gnanduillet (ankle) is fit enough to be considered for the squad.

Charlie Raglan, who came off the substitutes bench after Hird’s second minute dismissal, is certain to come in to fill the void after a solid performance alongside skipper Ian Evatt on Tuesday.

Evatt was incensed when Preston’s second goal was awarded, picking up a yellow card as he remonstrated with the referee; he and his colleagues were certain that goalkeeper Tommy Lee had been fouled as the corner was whipped in.

Midfielder Sam Morsy said: “About four players barged in to Tommy, I’m amazed none of the officials saw it.”

Regarding Preston’s opener, Cook felt that the ball through to striker Joe Garner, who scored both goals, was off-side.

He said: “I asked the linesman and he said that No.23 (Evatt) was playing him on. I’ve looked at the video and I think the linesman will see that No.23 wasn’t playing him onside, but officials make mistakes, we’re all human and the score-line says we lost 2-0.

“Our lads stuck at it extremely well. We respect Preston and the quality they’ve got in their side and when you’ve only got ten men it was always going to be an uphill battle.”

Orient, meanwhile, lost 1-0 at home to Notts County on Tuesday; they’ve picked up just one point from their last five games, ironically at Preston North End, and that run of form has left them six points clear of safety.

Spireites started the season with a 2-1 win at Orient with goals from the now departed duo of Romy Boco and Eoin Doyle and they’ll be looking to register a rare home win over the Eastenders having beaten them in North Derbyshire only once in the last 100 years. That was a 4-1 win in the controversial 2000-01 promotion season, a game that saw the visitors score first with Spireites quartet of goals all coming before the half-time interval.