Chesterfield: Crawley will pose a tough test for Cook’s men

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Chesterfield’s defence will be coming up against a trio of strikers with over 270 career goals between them at Crawley Town on Saturday, writes Phil Tooley.

Izale McLeod, Matt Harrold and Gavin Tomlin are the front men that will be looking to get the better of Ian Evatt, Charlie Raglan, Tommy Lee and their colleagues.

McLeod, formerly of Derby County and Sheffield United, moved to Charlton Athletic in 2007 for a fee in excess of £1m, and has nine goals this season including one each in the last two games.

Tomlin, who didn’t become a league player until he was 23, has yet to get off the mark this season but a couple of seasons ago he bagged 16 for Southend United.

McLeod and Tomlin started in last week’s draw at home against Scunthorpe United, a game Harrold missed through injury. The former Wycombe Wanderers and Bristol Rovers man is one of five men manager John Gregory put on the transfer list a couple of weeks ago.

Also surplus to requirements are skipper Josh Simpson, keeper Brian Jensen plus midfielders Conor Henderson and Lewis Young, none of whom were in the first eleven last weekend.

One of the reasons for the desire to move these players out is the sharp reduction in support at the Broadfield Stadium this season. Numbers are down 1100 a match compared to last season at a divisional low of 2386.

Gregory’s team has drawn its last four league games and during that run they’ve also lost twice in cup competitions; no clean sheets have been kept during that six game run.