Cheltenham Town: Chesterfield aiming to build on first win of 2013
CHESTERFIELD picked up their first win of 2013 on Saturday, 1-0 at managerless Dagenham and Redbridge.
The decisive goal came in the 19th minute when Daggers captain Abu Ogogo attempted to clear Sam Togwell's effort, but only managed to steer it past his own goalkeeper.
Boss Paul Cook used a 4-4-2 formation at Victoria Road, making three changes from the team that drew 0-0 with Aldershot Town at home in midweek.
Jack Lester missed out with a virus, so French striker Armand Gnanduillet was handed his first Chesterfield start alongside Marc Richards in attack.
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Drew Talbot moved from midfield to replace Richard Brindley in an otherwise unchanged back four.
Skipper Sam Hird and Sam Togwell – making his 300th league appearance – returned to the centre of midfield following suspension and injury, with Conor Townsend and Jay O'Shea occupying the wide positions.
Cheltenham tried to sign both Togwell and Richards in 2008.
After the victory, Chesterfield boss Paul Cook said the result was all-important on Saturday.
"Football's about winning, at the end of the day, and we've won," he said.
"We had a lot of players back, which is pleasing, so coming down here I was very confident we could get a clean sheet.
"Whether we could score was always going to be an issue, because we haven't been scoring.
"We've not created loads of chances, but we've won and that's the pleasing thing for this club."
Chesterfield lie 14th in the table, having been relegated from League One last season after one campaign at the higher level.
Cook has already enjoyed two big wins over Cheltenham this season, with his Accrington team one of only two league two sides to win at the Abbey Business Stadium (3-0 in September), along with Chesterfield's resounding 4-1 success at the Proact in November.