Chesterfield manager Martin Allen insist his side are relishing their trip to league leaders Leyton Orient on Saturday. The Spireites beat second placed Salford a fortnight ago and Allen is hoping his side can replicate that form on Saturday. Speaking to derbyshiretimes.co.uk “next we go to Leyton Orient, they’re top aren’t they? I’m looking forward to going there with these players behind me”.
- Sit 20th on 23 points – two points above relegation zone
- League Record – P23 W4 D11 L8 F20 A24
- Only lost one of their last 14 games all competitions – W3 D10 L1
Chesterfield head to E10 on the back of consecutive victories, their most recent a 5-1 home win over Basford United in the FA Trophy. A brace from Tom Denton and goals from Alex Kiwonya, Jonathon Smith and Lee Shaw saw them progress to the second round. Allen praised the professional nature of the victory stating to chesterfield-fc.co.uk “these games are always difficult but I thought the attitude of the players was absolutely spot on. It was a professional job and we played some good football”.
- Failed to score in eight league games
- Scored in their last two and five of their last six games
- Last failed to score – 2-0 home defeat to Grimsby – 02/12/2018
- Scored in seven of their last eight league games
- Scored in last eight away games in all competitions
The Spireites have found life difficult after their relegation to the fifth tier in May. After winning their opening three games, Allen’s men then went 19 league games without a victory until their 2-0 victory over Salford in early December. The former Barnet boss is hoping that back to back victories can be the catalyst for their turn in fortunes. Speaking to derbyshiretimes.co.uk “we’ve had such a crap time on and off the field, the supporters, players and myself. But the more wins you get under your belt the better it is, they’re all buzzing. We’re starting to see the emergence of a team, they’re young and hungry”.
- Kept seven league clean sheets (one away)
- Only kept one in their last six in all competitions
- Kept two in their last four league games
- No away clean sheet in last 12 games
- Without a away clean sheet in league since opening day – 10 games
Striker Lee Shaw grabbed his first goal for the club in their victory last weekend and the former Grantham man is confident his side can head back north with some points. Chesterfield are unbeaten in their last three fixtures against top seven teams and Shaw is hoping to make that four on Saturday. Speaking to derbyshiretimes.co.uk “we know it’s a big game and it will be a tough game at Leyton Orient, every game has been in truth. There’s no reason why we can’t go to Orient and get something off them, if we play like we have been doing in these past couple of games”.
- Record vs Top Seven – P7 W1 D3 L3 F6 A8
- Away League Record – P11 W1 D6 L4
- Unbeaten in last eight in all competitions – W2 D6
- Last victory – 3-1 vs Billericay, 20/11/2018
- No away league win since opening day win at Ebbsfleet (1-0) – D6 L4
Despite their long wait for a league win, the Spireites are unbeaten in their last ten league games but Allen knows his side are the outsiders on Saturday. Speaking to chesterfield-fc.co.uk “everyone is aware how important this next game is to us, as the underdogs going to London to play Leyton Orient. They’ve got some really dangerous players, so it’s going to be a tough one but I don’t think we have any fear going to play the best team in the league at the moment”.
- 13/20 league goals have been scored in the second half (7/11 away)
- Five of their last eight have been in second period
- Only scored two or more goals in 4/23 league games
- Six of their eight defeats have been by just one goal
Chesterfield’s start to life in the National League was very similar to how Orient faired last season. After shoots of recovery in recent weeks, Allen is hoping his side can use the O’s as a benchmark on their turn of fortunes . Speaking to derbyshiretimes.co.uk “it has taken 18 months to get there, that’s what we have got to aspire to. Good lads from non-league, good lads from the youth team and building on our current squad with a younger, more vibrant squad. I want to rise like Leyton Orient”.
- Only Braintree (317) and Halifax (319) have led for less minutes in National League than Chesterfield (389)
Bradley Barry is out with a head injury while Jordan Hallam is a doubt after suffering a knock in training. Laurence Maguire, Charlie Carter, Sam Wedgebury and Drew Talbot are all long term absentees. Alex Kiwonya will be hoping to add to his three goals in his last two games.
Allen on his team to derbyshiretimes.co.uk “we will put out a team which is as close to the Salford game as we can, The only change we will be making is to replace Bradley”.
Head to Head – Chesterfield 8, Draw 9, Leyton Orient 9
- Chesterfield have only won one of the last ten meetings – W1 D4 L5
- Last five wins in fixture have been by the away side
- Chesterfield are unbeaten in their last four trips to the Breyer Group Stadium – W1 D3
Last Time Out- 5-1 vs Basford United
Prediction – Leyton Orient 2-1 Chesterfield