Chesterfield: Spireites target New York win

Chesterfield FC v AFC Wimbledon
Chesterfield FC v AFC Wimbledon
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BUOYED by the 2-0 victory over AFC Wimbledon, Paul Cook is looking forward to the trip to Rotherham United.

Two second half goals, both from substitutes, saw off the bottom club in what was a vital game for Chesterfield as they try to push on for the play-off zone.

The win was expected by most and demanded by Chesterfield fans but predicting the outcome of the next game is more difficult.

With the full 2,300 allocation being taken up by Spireites fans, the game will be built up as more than in reality it is, according to the manager.

He said: “I said this week’s game against Wimbledon was not a must-win game, there’s no such thing. Next week’s game at Rotherham is just another game, there’s only another three points at stake and we’ll approach it the same way.

“Work it out for yourself, we know it’s a big game and we’ll prepare properly, not to let our supporters down, in any shape or form.”

Striker Marc Richards is expected to return to full training on Thursday after being withdrawn in the first half with a hamstring problem, so Cook will have to decide how to start the game at the New York Stadium.

His favoured 4-2-3-1 line up was unable to pierce the Dons’ defence in the first half and the half-time introduction of Armand Gnanduillet and a switch to 4-4-2 saw his team go on to dominate play and roll out 2-0 winners with the Frenchman and fellow sub Jack Lester on target.

Spireites have not won an away game with Rotherham United since Millmoor was their home.

Three defeats at the Don Valley meant Chesterfield failed to pick up any reward at the soon to be demolished venue.