Chesterfield: Spireites close in on top six spot

Paul Cook
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Spireites could potentially cement their top six spot at Dean Holden’s Oldham Athletic at the weekend.

Tuesday’s 6-0 win over Colchester United, combined with Rochdale’s 4-2 defeat to Swindon Town, means a Chesterfield win and a Dale defeat at Gillingham would mathematically seal sixth spot.

The bookies already think the Proact side are there – you’ll get no better odds than 1-13 for the clinching of a play-off spot – and while Cook knows there’s still plenty of work to be done, he did say; “We’ll be taking plenty to Boundary Park then!”

It’s highly likely that all 2000 available tickets will be sold ahead of the trip.

Drew Talbot is set to miss out with a hamstring injury.

The results from Tuesday were perfect for Chesterfield as was the return to the starting line-up of Dan Gardner.

The former Celtic player’s career at Spireites since he joined from Halifax Town has been stop-start with injuries meaning his undoubted talents have rarely been seen in a long run in the team.

He notched up some valuable minutes on loan at Tranmere Rovers and was given his first start since returning, rewarding his manager with two assists and a goal, though Gardner said: “It was great to score, but to be honest I thought the keeper was going to save it.”

Sam Clucas weighed in with a brace, taking his tally to 12, as he continues to develop in the lone striker’s role vacated when Eoin Doyle moved to Cardiff City.