Clean sheet specialists Chesterfield travel to Newport on Sunday with Ian Evatt outlining the solid foundations in the side,
It is the first meeting between the two clubs in 26 years.
The Spireites are unbeaten in eight games in all competitions and haven’t conceded in 452 minutes of football - since Luke Waterfall’s 88th minute header secured Scunthorpe United a point at the Proact Stadium on November 2. A run of four consecutive wins was brought to a halt on Tuesday night when a struggling, but stubborn, Northampton Town side earned a goalless draw against Paul Cook’s promotion-chasers.
Chesterfield have conceded 14 goals in the league - four coming in 45 minutes away at Morecambe - and racked up the most number of clean sheets (10) from 18 games.
Club captain Evatt said: “It’s about partnerships, we’re building a good foundation. It’s not just the back four, the boys up top are working their socks off as well.”
On his emerging partnership with Liam Cooper, Evatt added: “When I spoke to the gaffer in the summer that was one of the reasons he wanted to bring me in. I had a very good tutor when I was here last time, Steve Blatherwick taught me a lot of things about the game. Hopefully I’m doing the same with Coops, every week he seems to be getting better and hopefully we’re forming a good partnership.
“He’s got all the tools he needs, he just lacks that experience but that’s going to come. Teams are only creating one or two shots a game against us which is phenomenal and when they do that Tommy [Lee] saves it anyway.”
Newport, aren’t far behind with eight clean sheets in the league. They have conceded 19 and only Oxford United (14), Chesterfield (14), Southend (16) and Plymouth (18) have let in less.
Newport have won their last four in the league, six in all competitions, at Rodney Parade conceding seven at home.