Chesterfield: Spireites get well-deserved breather ahead of Rams clash

Gary Roberts is a doubt for Chesterfield's FA Cup clash after coming off injured at Swindon
Gary Roberts is a doubt for Chesterfield's FA Cup clash after coming off injured at Swindon
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The Spireites can take a breather this week and regroup ahead of only their second game in the 4th Round of the FA Cup in 60 years.

After playing seven matches in 23 days – four of them won and two drawn before the weekend loss at Swindon Town – Chesterfield have a well earned blank midweek ahead of their short trip to the iPro Stadium.

While key man Gary Roberts (hamstring) looks a doubt for the Rams’ game, Paul Cook will be hoping all the rest of his weary troops will be available.

Match fitness hasn’t been an issue of late; former Blades and Derby left-back Shane Nicholson’s regime has seen Spireites play at the maximum in the second halves of most of the games recently.

Indeed at the County Ground on Saturday, from Swindon’s 47th minute third goal, the vast majority of play was controlled by Spireites who pinned back the hosts for long spells.

Derby made a host of changes from their league XI for their last gasp 1-0 win over Southport in the last round and it would be no surprise if Steve McLaren – with the huge prize of a Premier League spot well within the club’s grasp – did the same next weekend.

Rams lost a lead and lost the game in stoppage time at home to Nottingham Forest and they host Blackburn Rovers in another game three days after the cup-tie.

While the Championship side are understandably huge favourites for this game, Spireites last such venture saw them win 3-2 at a similarly placed Bolton Wanderers back in 1997 and the lure of another big tie plus prize money of £90,000 for the winners is perhaps more appealing to the League One side at this very moment.