CHESTERFIELD will have to break new ground if they are to make it into the third round of the FA Cup.
Spireites have drawn Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup four times before but have never won any of the ties. A 2-2 draw at Prenton Park in 1985 was followed by a replay win by Tranmere at Saltergate, the only time Chesterfield haven’t lost outright in the first game. Rovers won first time at home in 1969 and again in 2003 and at Saltergate in 2007.
Ronnie Moore’s Rovers won after extra time in the Capital One Cup at the Proact Stadium this August whilst Spireites grabbed a last gasp winner in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy last season on the way to their Wembley win.
The game will be the 102nd meeting between the two clubs, Spireites lead 45 to 36 in wins in all competitions. Only Wrexham and Lincoln City have been more regular opponents.
Rovers haven’t won on their last four home games, losing to Doncaster and MK Dons whilst drawing with Walsall and Preston. On Saturday, they conceded a 1-0 lead in the last minute at Stevenage.
Owls loanee Liam Palmer and Wolves striker Jack Cassidy will be missing for the home side, their parent clubs have refused permission for them to appear in the FA Cup.
Paul Cook will lead a team to Tranmere for the first time since being a player there from February 1996 to October 1997. He scored four goals in 69 appearances after costing Rovers £250,000 from Coventry City and he moved on for the same fee to Stockport County.
Moore has to decide whether to recall Ash Taylor, who has served his one-match ban, to his defence or stick with Ian Goodison.