Town’s Capital One Cup opponents in focus
Town face a trip to newly promoted League 1 side Chesterfield in the First Round of the Capital One Cup in early August – and today we’ve put the Spireites in focus.
Chesterfield come into the game with a lot of momentum after winning the League 2 title last season, but it hasn’t all been plain sailing in recent times.
The Club moved to the Proact Stadium in 2010, ending their long stay at Saltergate, but soon faced relegation from League 1 to League 2 at the end of the 2011/12 campaign.
Things started to turn around when they appointed Paul Cook as Manager, who came from Accrington Stanley to replace the outgoing John Sheridan in October 2012. In his first season he led the team to an eighth placed finish – just two points outside the Play-Offs – and that was bettered last season, when 84 points from 46 games sealed the Championship.
Chesterfield had four players named in the League 2 Team of the Year, including two former Town players. Joining teammates Tommy Lee and Ian Evatt were former Town loanee Liam Cooper and ex-Player of the Year Gary Roberts.
‘Robbo’, who has operated in a more central role for Chesterfield than he did for the Terriers, was also named League 2’s Player of the Year at the 2014 Annual Awards. This game will be the first time he has faced Town in competitive action since departing the Club in the summer of 2012, although he did score in a pre-season friendly ahead of last season.
Chesterfield 0-2 Town
Tuesday 20 March 2012
Town came away from their first visit to the new Proact Stadium in victorious fashion after a comprehensive 2-0 win.
Chesterfield threatened going forward, but looked shaky at the back and it was no surprise when Lee Novak opened the scoring with a stunning 23rd minute strike; an instinctive long range volley that looped over ‘keeper Lee after Antony Kay had won a 50-50 in midfield.
Just over 10 minutes later, Jordan Rhodes netted his 34th goal in as many appearances, turning home Jack Hunt’s low cross.
LAST LEAGUE CUP MEETING
Chesterfield 2-4 Town
Wednesday 24 August 2005
Carling Cup First Round
A hat-trick from Gary Taylor-Fletcher sealed Town’s passage in the competition, but it wasn’t plain sailing.
After Pawel Abbott’s header gave the Terriers a 9th minute lead, Chesterfield fought back and twice equalised thanks to goals from midfielders Derek Niven and Kevan Hurst.
However, Taylor-Fletcher’s hat-trick – his first goals for the Club – came in 34 second-half minutes and ended the tie in Town’s favour.