Spireites bid to end 29-year Plainmoor wait

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It’s 29 years since Spireites last won at Plainmoor.

Paul Cook will be hoping that 10- match winless streak comes to an end against Alan Knill’s Torquay United, who have won just one in eight of late, when they meet up tomorrow.

Following Chesterfield’s extremely impressive 3-0 JPT win over Rochdale on Tuesday, Cook is expected to keep faith with the same 11, which means that Sam Hird and Ollie Banks will continue in their new roles. Armand Gnanduillet, clearly third choice striker at the start of the campaign, is set to keep out Marc Richards and Eoin Doyle once again.

Hird, who played as a holding midfielder and Banks, who switched from that slot to an attacking midfielder, bagging a brace in the process, were both instrumental in Spireites’ return to top form on Tuesday.

Gary Roberts, playing as an out-and-out left winger, provided all three assists in the game while Jay O’Shea, on the right, looked as tricky as at any time this season. Ian Evatt and Liam Cooper’s central defensive partnership took another step forwards.

Ex-Owl Ritchie Humphreys, who was formally handed the chairmanship of the PFA on Wednesday, could be made skipper for the day as the game will mark his 600th career league appearance.

Knill will be without injuredduo Billy Bodin and Ben Harding, two of his more influential players, whilst Anthony O’Connor will be absent on International duty for Republic of Ireland U21s.

Krystian Pearce looks likely to replace Blackburn loanee O’Connor following their 2-0 home defeat, against Rochdale, in the FA Cup last Saturday, to play alongside ex-Spireites favourite Aaron Downes.