Chesterfield v Huddersfield Town: Three key battles which could decide Capital One Cup clash

Town head to the Proact Stadium looking to bounce back from their opening-day nightmare against Bournemouth but will face a stern test

Huddersfield Town head to League One outfit Chesterfield tomorrow evening as they look to put their woeful start to the 2014/2015 season well and truly behind them in the Capital One Cup.

Saturday's 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth was compounded by manager Mark Robins and the club parting company on Sunday and so Mark Lillis will take charge of the Terriers at the Proact Stadium.

The Spireites will certainly not be there just to make up the numbers, however, and will hope to spring an upset to follow up an encouraging start to their own league season with a 2-1 success at promotion favourites Leyton Orient.

Lillis will hope to use the trip to Derbyshire as a chance to throw his hat into the ring for the managerial vacancy and may ring the changes to freshen things up in the Town ranks.

It promises to be a serious test of the Terriers' ability to recover from their weekend setbacks, and here are the three key battles which could decide the outcome of the game one way or another.

Liam Cooper v Nahki Wells    

Oldham Athletic v Huddersfield Town pre-season friendly - Nahki Wells.

A defender whose recent links with Leeds United suggest he is Championship quality against a striker who will hope to prove his own worth after a disappointing weekend showing.

Wells was starved of service from those behind him in an abject display but he will undoubtedly expect more from himself and Town will need some added quality at the apex of their attacking line.

The former Bradford City man has pace in abundance and his movement but it was in evidence only fleetingly against Bournemouth's obdurate backline on Saturday.

Cooper will hope to enjoy similar success to the Cherries duo of Tommy Elphick and Steve Cook and will be tasked with ensuring Wells is not given a sniff of a chance to attack Ian Evatt and Tommy Lee in the Spireites goal.

Jimmy Ryan v Radoslaw Majewski

Huddersfield Town (0) v AFC Bournemouth (4) - Radoslaw Majewski.

To his credit, Majewski was a plus point of Saturday's emphatic loss and the decision from Robins to replace him during the second period prompted loud jeers from around the ground, directed at the beleaguered now ex-manager.

He looks to be a creative spark and one Town can benefit from, with his clever darts into space sure to cause havoc for a team a rung down from the Terriers on the Football League ladder.

Jimmy Ryan and Sam Morsy form a solid unit at the base of Chesterfield's midfield and Town's success could hinge on how often they are able to breach that line and get at the back four.

Majewski facilitates that, but he will face a player in Ryan who has all the hallmarks of a deep-lying destroyer type, and one that can also get forward to good effect.

Gary Roberts v Tommy Smith

Scunthorpe Utd (1) v Huddersfield Town (0) - pre-season friendly - Tommy Smith.
 

A former Town player comes face to face with one from the present whose case to impress will be as pressing as that of the former's.

Roberts was named League Two Player of the Season last term for some excellent displays on the left flank and his time at Town has not been forgotten in a hurry by Terriers supporters, who will be wary of the influence he could have on proceedings.

Equally, it's an opportunity for Smith to prove Robins' decision to field the relatively untested Matt Crooks ahead of him was as unfounded as it first appeared and he will certainly embrace the challenge.

Roberts will be Chesterfield's go-to guy in the search for a moment of inspiration and it is up to Smith to retain a defensive discipline behind the adventurous Adam Hammill to nullify any potential threat.

 
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