Controversial striker Leon Clarke put his Swindon troubles behind him on Tuesday night to score the only goal of the game for Chesterfield against Bury to help his new team mates claw their way out of the bottom four with what was their first league home win of the season.
The Spireites found life hard at their new stadium at the start of the campaign but have slowly started to find their feet and, with a unbeaten run of three games under their belt, they certainly can’t be taken for granted.
The transfer window signings of Craig Westcarr, Jonathan Grounds and Lee Johnson, coupled with the arrival of Clarke, have provided a much needed boost for manager John Sheridan and he has a full squad to choose from with Carlisle United next to visit the B2net Stadium.
“People will look at the table and feel that we should go there and get a win,” Carlisle boss Greg Abbott said. “That isn’t the case. John [Sheridan] has worked hard to get a good squad together and they will be feeling very confident at the moment. We are going to have to go there in the right frame of mind, and showing the same kind of attitude that we had on Tuesday night, if we want to take anything from it.”
The Cumbrians remain unbeaten away from home and have only Paddy Madden (foot) and Frank Simek (thigh) missing through injury. Newcastle right back James Tavernier is expected to complete a two-month extension to his loan spell today, and that will leave the United manager with an otherwise full squad to choose from.
“We have strength in depth in a lot of areas this season,” Abbott explained. “The team I select is always with winning the game in mind. The players are together in what they want to achieve, and they will all be needed as we go through what is a very tough season. Chesterfield are our next test, and whoever we pick, they know what we expect to see.”