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The Spireite View

21 October 2014

A Chesterfield fan gives us the lowdown on their season so far.

Colchester United face Chesterfield for the first time since the start of 2012 when the Spireites come to the Weston Homes Community Stadium on Tuesday night.

The visitors have been in good form after being promoted at the end of last season and Eoin Doyle has made the headlines as he's raced to 15 goals already this season.

for his views on their season so far.Nigel GoodladWe caught up with Chesterfield fan

"I am a writer in the club's matchday programme and a member of the fans forum which represents the club's supporters at regular meetings with CFC officials to air our views."

"I go to all home games and as many away as is possible. I have to date visited 194 different grounds watching the Spireites in league, cup and friendly games.

Nigel tells us: "I have supported Chesterfield since my Dad took me to my first game in 1960 when we beat Coventry City 4-1!

1) What have you made of Chesterfield’s start to the season?
I am absolutely delighted by our start to life in League One. Paul Cook has not added many  Having 

players to the squad, as the bulk of last season's championship winning side was retained. said that, the ethos seems to be on "quality not quantity". We have a small squad with most involved on match days.

2) What has been the secret to their early success?
The secret to our great start has been down to a number of things. Obviously the work ethic of the management and the players has played a big part. A good number of quality players who  The loanees we have brought in to

by now all know each others strengths and weaknesses. cover for injuries have also made a huge contribution.

3) Which players have shone in the games so far?
Obviously the player most people will say has shone so far this season is Eoin Doyle, who is  Sam Morsy is a player who just seems to get 

currently the leading scorer in the entire league. However for me Daniel 

better every game, whilst keeper Tommy Lee has made some vital saves. Johnson is currently on loan from Aston Villa and has been outstanding, creating a number of goals so far. He looks and plays like a young Edgar Davids.

4) Can Eoin Doyle sustain his scoring spree over the coming months?
Most strikers at some time will endure a spell when they just can’t score. However Doyle always works hard and his game isn't just about goals. If the rest of the team keep creating the chances, I see no reason why he can’t end the season somewhere round the thirty mark.

5) Who do you think will be the main contenders for promotion this season? Will the table change much from what we see now?
I don’t see the table changing a lot come the end of the season. Bristol City and Peterborough United were probably most people's tips for the automatic spots before a ball was kicked in  I would expect Swindon Town, MK Dons, Preston North End and Sheffield United all to be 

August. thereabouts. There is usually one team that comes from out of nowhere after Christmas and having watched them on Saturday, I thought Oldham Athletic were a very good side. Ideally we can maintain our form and be in the play-off spots come May.

6) What do you expect from the game against Colchester?
I will be travelling down for the game tonight and hope to see a good, clean game of football. We are currently conceding too many goals on our travels but are always likely to score one or two as well. Having said that Colchester’s home form is not great with only one win so far and I would be hopeful of bagging all three points.


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