After the Spireites' 4-1 defeat to Walsall last weekend in League One we shine the spotlight on the sides battling around Chesterfield and their next opponents.
Walsall came from 1-0 down to beat the Spireites this past weekend. James O’Connor’s own goal put the home side ahead however Tom Anderson’s own goal levelled the game. Sam Mantom put the Saddlers ahead before Dion Donohue was sent off. This one man advantage allowed Jordy Hiwula to extend the visitors lead before Mantom doubled his account for the afternoon to round off the victory.
Despite the defeat the Spireites will still have their sights set on Shrewsbury Town who currently are three points above Chesterfield in the league table. The Shrews were the only side near the Spireites in League One to earn a point this weekend. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro’s 95th minute goal grabbed a point for Micky Mellon’s side at home to Scunthorpe.
Next up for the Shrews is an away trip to Bury before they face Port Vale at home on a Friday night. Since defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup Shrewsbury have been unbeaten in the league and have slowly pulled away from danger. If they were to pick up a point against Bury safety would look even more likely.
Fleetwood Town failed to overtake the Spireites this weekend as they suffered a narrow defeat to current table-toppers Burton Albion. Wes Burns had levelled the game for the Cod Army but Mark Duffy’s double for Burton was enough to win them the game, a task which was made easier when Fleetwood’s Robert Grant was dismissed for violent conduct.
This was Fleetwood’s first defeat in three league games, a run which has helped them slowly creep away from the relegation zone. However, they face promotion chasing Walsall in midweek before they host an in-form Barnsley side. After difficult games this week Fleetwood will visit the Proact on Easter Saturday, which could turn out be a huge game for both sides.
Sitting just two points above the relegation zone are Doncaster Rovers who have failed to win a game since the January 2. Without earning three points in their last eleven League One outings Donny have slipped into dangerous territory towards the bottom of the league. Their poor form continued this past weekend as a Jamie Proctor double for Bradford City was enough to finish Rovers off.
The Yorkshire side play Peterborough United this upcoming weekend before they face relegation battling Colchester United and Blackpool in back-to-back fixtures. These two games could have a huge effect on the three teams involved as well as the Spireites come the end of the season.
As mentioned, Scunthorpe United had a victory snatched away from them this past weekend in the final minute by Shrewsbury and the Iron are next up for Chesterfield on this Saturday at Glanford Park.
The Iron sit 13th in the league currently ten points in front of Chesterfield and Scunny are in relatively good form having not lost in their last five league games however four of these have been draws. The away trip will prove to a difficult one for the Spireites but one that Danny Wilson will see as winnable with Scunthorpe not too far ahead of Chesterfield in the league.