PREVIEW: Spireites host Hartlepool in bottom-half clash

The Spireites host Hartlepool United tonight at the Proact Stadium as they look to regain form and move away from the relegation zone.

Chesterfield have lost their last two games against Chorley and Harrogate Town, conceding three goals in both matches.


The Opposition

Since the two sides met earlier on this season their has been a managerial change at Victoria Park. After Pools defeat to Stockport County Craig Hignett was dismissed and ex-Fylde Dave Challinor took over the reigns. 

Pools currently sit 14th in the National League with seven victories, seven defeats and eight draws. They drew their last two games against Boreham Wood and Ebbsfleet 2-2.

On Saturday, against the Wood, Hartlepool performed a late comback to rescue a draw, with goals from Nicky Featherstone and Gime Toure.



Gavan Holahan- The midfielder is Pools second top scorer this campaign with six goals to his name so far.

The 27-year-old spent time in the youth setup at Kilkenny, in his home county of Ireland. He was picked up by Hull City in 2008, spending the following four years with the Tigers, captaining their youth team. 

He spent a short time with Alfreton Town before returning to his native country where he played for Drogheda United, Cork City, Galaway United and Waterford before signing for Hartlepool after impressing on a trial for the club. Holohan is described as a box-to-box midfielder, who can create and score goals.


Previous Meetings

The two sides have faced each other a total of 91 times, the vast majority of these in the Football League. Hartlepool have drawn 1-1 on their last two visits to the Proact Stadium.

Back in September, Tom Denton’s equaliser rescued a point for the Spireites on that cold Tuesday night.


Team News

In his press conference, Glynn Snodin revealed Haydn Hollis and Sam Wedgbury would be back in contention after missing out due to injury. However, Josef Yarney is still recovering from a hamstring strain.


Snodin’s Thoughts

Assistant manager Glynn Snodin said he believes the game against Hartlepool will be very tough.

“They’ve been up and down the same as what we’ve had. They’ve had some good results and some indifferent results.” he said.

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