Chesterfield relish rare visit from Leeds United

Action from this month's Mansfield Town v Leeds United game.
Action from this month's Mansfield Town v Leeds United game.

Leeds United travel to the Proact Stadium tomorrow for a rare visit to North Derbyshire.

The Elland Road side, who narrowly beat Spireites on their own patch in last season’s Capital One Cup first round, last played a pre-season game at Saltergate in 2003. Mark Allott scored for Chesterfield in the second half but United’s two first half goals ensured they were victorious.

Prior to that you have to go back to November 1960 when Leeds, a few months before Don Revie’s reign began, won 4-0 in the first ever League Cup game hosted at Saltergate. A 1956 trip to Spireites’ old ground, a 3-2 win for the beneficiary’s side, marks the only other encounter in the last 60 years.

United were also beaten in their most recent game, 2-0 at Mansfield Town.

Leeds boss David Hockaday played the starting 11 for an hour, bar two early precautionary replacements, before changing the entire team for the final 30 minutes. Noel Hunt and Lewis Walters were the men taken off early.

United’s summer signings, keepers Stuart Taylor and Marco Silvestri, both had run-outs as did Tommaso Bianchi. David Norris, Michael Tonge and Steve Morison all featured in the final 30.

With only a home game against Aston Villa scheduled after this fixture, Cook will doubtless shape his starting 11 fairly similarly to the side he has in mind for the trip to London in a fortnight. Tommy Lee, Tendayi Darikwa, Ian Evatt, Liam Cooper and Dan Jones will inevitably form the defensive unit with Jimmy Ryan and Sam Morsy protecting.

Jay O’Shea, Dan Gardner and Gary Roberts are expected to be the attacking trio in midfield. The position of lone striker can still go either way between Eoin Doyle, who scored the Goal of the Season at Leeds last August, and Armand Gnanduillet. The Frenchman has impressed in pre-season as his football education continues, his hat-trick at Alfreton being his major contribution in the build-up.

Ritchie Humphreys and Sam Hird are the only other experienced members of the squad available.

Entry to the game, which kicks off at 3pm, costs £15 for adults and £7 for concessions.