Chesterfield vs. Sheffield United - Part 2

Last updated : 11 November 2016 By @blades_mad1889

In the league Chesterfield have lost 7 out of 8 matches and have endured 6 straight defeats. During this bad run of form they drew 3-3 at home to Gillingham on 27th September and this coincided with the last league goals scored by the club.

By the time the two teams kick off tomorrow, should Shrewsbury gain maximum points at home to Oxford United today, the Spirites could find themselves firmly routed to bottom of the table.

Having taken a break from League One matters they have managed to pick themselves up, all be it against League Two opposition. In games away from the Proact they were victorious last weekend at Colchester United (2-1) in the FA Cup and at Crewe Alexandra (2-0) on Tuesday night in the Checkatrade Trophy which saw former Blade Conor Dimaio net the winner from the penalty spot. The victory was enough to take them into the next round of the competition, whilst they have drawn Wycombe Wanderers at home in the FA Cup.

Ched Evans grabbed the winner as Chesterfield ended their long run without a victory by triumphing 2-1 at Colchester United in the FA Cup first round. Evans went close for Chesterfield early on before the visitors went ahead midway through the first half when Jay O'Shea calmly slotted in from close range, from Kristian Dennis' threaded pass.\

Sam Walker pushed away O'Shea's low effort soon after but Kurtis Guthrie's diving header flashed inches wide and Drey Wright was denied by keeper Ryan Fulton. Colchester needed just 53 seconds to equalise after the interval when substitute Tarique Fosu netted with his first touch after coming on with a low finish, after the ball had broken to him in the area. Colchester captain Luke Prosser's header from Wright's corner then rattled the bar.

But Chesterfield restored their advantage six minutes into the second half through Evans, who emphatically volleyed home after Tom Anderson had nodded on a free-kick in the area. Guthrie was later denied by Fulton but Chesterfield claimed a narrow victory.

Blues boss Danny Wilson has a handful of other players nursing knocks ahead of this weekend’s fixture but stopped short of revealing their identities. Right-back Paul McGinn will be out for around six weeks with his hamstring injury while on-loan striker Conor Wilkinson (knee), midfielder Angel Martinez (knee) and goalkeeper Tommy Lee (shoulder) stay sidelined as the Spireites look to halt a seven-game losing run.

The Spirites will also be without defender Liam Graham this weekend after he was called up to the New Zealand squad ahead of their World Cup qualifiers with New Caledonia. - @Blades_Mad1889