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Monday, 21 April 2014

Worrying signs as Spireites lose five on the trot


  Growing concerns as manager Glory Days struggles to put positive results together

Troubling times as the Spireites have spiralled to a five game losing streak. Although starting brightly with two wins in a row, Chesterfield have lost their last five league games; questions have been raised over the poor displays and whether manager Glory Days is the right manager to pull the Spireites out of their slump and produce consistent ninety minute performances.

After being overawed by the class of Manchester City, the Spireites have dipped in form with poor displays against Southampton, Reading and Burton Albion. The Spireites defence has once again been called into question, conceding 12 goals in their last five games. Central to their problems is the poor form of Spireites captain and goalkeeper Claudio Bravo who has had a terrible time in between the stick, epitomised by his crucial bungled save against Reading which was fumbled over the line for a goal.

Something that has been overlooked is the departure of central defender Vladimir Granat. While his transfer was met with little fanfare, his defensive solidarity and positioning gave Chesterfield a viable option as a second choice centre back or a part of the three central defender base. Some have questioned Glory Days’ persistence with younger and less experienced replacements at the centreback position, as evidenced in the Burton Albion game where new arrival Alexandre Coeff looked out of his depth.      . 

However despite the loss to promotion favourites West Ham United, there were glimmers of hope as Chesterfield’s defensive shape looked more solid and their transition from attack to defence improved but the Spireites were narrowly beaten by a long range stunner by Uruguayan right back Maxi Pereira.

Although it is early days in the season, Chesterfield will need to pick up their performances if they want to avoid a dreaded second consecutive season in the relegation mire.  


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