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PREVIEW: Spireites search for first away victory at Hartlepool


Chesterfield face Hartlepool United in hope of bouncing back from Saturday’s 4-0 thrashing away to Sutton United.


Hartlepool will also get back on track after losing 2-0 at home to Dover Athletic at the weekend.

 

The Opposition


The Pools sit just below mid table, with four victories, three draws and five defeats. They lost 2-0 at home to Dover this weekend in a high-tempered game which saw two Pools players sent off along with their gaffer Craig Hignett.


There was also alleged racial abuse toward Dover players from the home supporters. Both teams nearly came off the pitch and the game was brought to a halt for ten minutes. After a disappointing start to the campaign, Pools fans still have ambitions of making the play-offs.

 

One To Watch


Gime Toure- The Frenchman is Pools’ top scorer with five goals in twelve games; the same record as Scott Boden.


The 6ft 2” striker spent the first half of last season with AFC Fylde before ending the campaign at Sutton, playing 41 games in all and finding the back of the net seven times.

 

Previous Meetings

Chesterfield made the trip to Victoria Park on bank holiday Monday last August and the Spireites were subject to a 1-0 defeat. The reverse fixture was the first home game since Martin Allen’s sacking. John Pemberton managed to steady the ship with a 1-1 draw.


A very memorable fixture against Hartlepool was that FA Cup clash in 2012, a 6-1 victory for. the Spireites which saw Scott Boden grab the first goal.

 

Team News


Mark Crossley told the press that there will be a few changes made. Neither Anthony Gerrard nor Anthony Spyrou will be back in time for the game.


He added Spyrou should be back for the weekend. David Buchanan is also still unavailable after his injury.

 

Crossley’s Thoughts


The Spireites goalkeeping coach said the players did not run or work hard enough on Saturday.


"We want a response tomorrow night at Hartlepool. They've got to work harder, it's as simple as that,” he said.


He added that not enough players are hurting at the moment and that is a concern.


When asked about new signing Gevaro Nepomuceno he said: “It was hard for him and in patches he did alright.”

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