Discontent persists at both clubs after relegation, despite Gary Caldwell and Michael Brown retaining their respective jobs.
Chesterfield have had a poor start to the season, losing their opening three games in all competitions, and it’s understandable why fans feel let down by their club. However, they were a little unlucky to lose 3-1 to Grimsby in a game in which they had 30 shots, 11 of them on target.
Krystian Dennis scored in the opener and was on target again in the cup tie at Hillborough, but the Spireites were overcome by a strong Sheffield Wednesday side. At Meadow Lane, Scott Wiseman was sent off at the end of a steady first half and Notts County then took advantage.
The thin margins have gone against them in their two league matches, so this blog would not declare their crisis situation. If they can keep creating chances like they did against the Mariners, logic would say a striker of Chris O’Grady’s pedigree would follow Dennis and start finding a way to score goals.
The Spireites are looking for their first win of the season against Port Vale, who got theirs on the opening day. They triumphed 3-1 at Crawley, thanks in no small part to central defender Anthony Kay’s man of the match and midfielder Michael Tonge’s dominance of the game.
The following week, however, they looked a bit one-dimensional in a home defeat to Wycombe. His means of approach play often included high balls for Tom Pope and the hope that he could hold possession long enough for the midfielder to join in. Chesterfield’s central defenders, such as the aerial dominant Ian Evatt, are more comfortable with long balls than with quick, skilful football.
The players who could help introduce are Dan Turner and Ben Whitfield. The duo inspired a after surge last week that, while hollow in the context of the match, highlighted their influence. Turner has not yet started this season, but the team scored three goals in 75 minutes on the field, compared to none in 105 minutes without him. Turner scored twice, while Whitfield scored a cracker against the Chairboys and Michael Brown must be tempted to start both this week.
He and Caldwell are still figuring out their best team, as is often the matter in the first month of a season, especially after a busy summer. It is questionable whether any of them should have remained in charge, but, having received a gig, they deserve time to rebuild their teams.