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Media view: Local reporter gives his verdict on Chesterfield

16 November 2016

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Local journalist casts eye of Derbyshire side's season so far...

who gave his early season verdict on Saturday's opponents…Matthew ShawWe caught up with BBC Radio Sheffield’s Chesterfield FC correspondent


It's been anything but a quiet start to the season for Chesterfield FC, who, after much promise early on, have stuttered and faltered, which has resulted in their ominous position at the foot of League One.


The drama all started before a ball had been kicked following the signing of Ched Evans, however, four goals in his opening three league outings fired the Spireites to the top of the table by August 16th.


Unfortunately for the South Yorkshire club, things have gone from bad to worse ever since.


Danny Wilson's side have won just one of their last 14 league matches, which has seen them go from the summit of the league ladder and plummet right to the bottom.


An injury picked up by Evans in a goalless draw with Oldham was the start of Chesterfield's problems. However, it was the month of October that derailed their season. In five straight defeats, the Spireites failed to score a single goal, resulting in their slide down the table.


Although November has seen them enjoy success in cup action, defeating Colchester and Crewe in the FA Cup and Checkatrade Trophy respectively, their poor league form has continued with defeats to Coventry and Sheffield United.


Their problems have predominantly been on their travels, having picked up just two points away from the Proact Stadium. 


However, their biggest issue is their inability to defend results late on in games. They have surrendered six points by conceding goals in the final five minutes of games, which is of major concern to the club's supporters. They have also lost four matches in which they opened the scoring.


If things seemed glum on the field, things took a turn for the worse this week when the club's chairman Dave Allen unexpectedly resigned at an AGM meeting, much to the shock of everyone, including the club's board of directors.


It leaves the club facing uncertain times in all departments ahead of their trip to Highbury Stadium.

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