Good vibes for Spireites

Chesterfield v Cheltenham Town - Gary Roberts Goal
Chesterfield v Cheltenham Town - Gary Roberts Goal
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Having taken a maximum six points from their opening two league games, Chesterfield have hit the ground running.

The ‘good vibes’ manager Paul Cook has spoken about have made their way around the Proact Stadium like a brisk south-westerly wind.

A late Eoin Doyle goal in a hard-fought win over Cheltenham in the first home game of the season ensured the Spireites of consecutive League Two successes, after their opening day victory at Bury.

Even defeat in the Capital One Cup Round One was met with a standing ovation at the final whistle by the travelling Chesterfield contingent, as fans recognised their team’s efforts against Leeds United at Elland Road.

The three performances, in the space of a week, came off the back of an encouraging pre-season coupled with an influx of summer signings added to the spine of a squad that came within a whisker of the play-offs last time around.

And Gary Roberts, who was one of nine fresh faces to come in, believes there is still a lot more to come from the players.

“We’ve got a good dressing room,” said Roberts. “There are a lot of new players and the old set of lads are a good bunch.

“We’ve only been together for around six weeks and there is still a lot more to come from us.”

Roberts bagged the opening goal in the 2-0 defeat of Cheltenham and teed up Doyle for his second goal in as many games, having netted in the cup against Brian McDermott’s Championship side.

He added: “We know we’ve got players in the team who can score goals. Doyle has done brilliantly since he’s come in and you give him half a chance and he’ll score.”

Fellow new recruit Sam Morsy, 21, who put in a man of the match performance against Mark Yates’ Robins, has also settled into the club well.

He said: “It’s a fantastic club with great vision. The manager and the staff really are spot on. The way they set us up, as they did against Leeds as well, we’re so organised and it’s going well.”

The additions of Morsy, Roberts and Doyle, alongside Aaron Chapman, Jimmy Ryan, Ritchie Humphreys, Jamie Devitt, Matty Brown and new club captain Ian Evatt, has generated excitement in the stands.

So much so that the Spireites were put with big-spending Fleetwood Town and newly-relegated Portsmouth as favourites for promotion before the season began.

The Cod Army boast a 100 per cent record too, prior to the weekend’s fixtures, while Pompey have found life more difficult in the fourth tier of English football.

But it appears, from the early weeks of the season at least, that Chesterfield are taking everything in their stride.