With three goals shared between the pair of them, Chesterfield’s newest strike partnership got off to the best possible start, ending Northampton’s 31-match unbeaten run in the process at the Proact.
Conor Wilkinson, making just his second start for the Spireites since signing on-loan from Bolton Wanderers, scored his new side’s first two, before Kristian Dennis added the third to seal the win.
The duo share a lift as well as a goalscoring prowess, but Wilkinson admitted that they had little time to prepare for the due to his own fitness concerns.
The forward said: “I was struggling in training during the week and I didn’t think I was going to make the weekend, I had came out of training on Tuesday with a groin injury.
“We have been sharing a car all week so maybe there is a bit of a bond going on there too. Kristian did a lot of dirty work for me today, I was knackered after 30, 40 minutes and couldn’t really work, but we both kept talking to each other ‘you drop here, I’ll drop there’ and it made it easy for us both.”
Dennis’s first goal for the club came after a Dion Donohue shot struck his toes and made its way past the Northampton ‘keeper. Despite supporting one-another on the pitch, Wilkinson was in the Donohue camp in regards to the goalscorer.
Insistent that the goal was his, Dennis told Player HD: “Conor is saying it is Dion’s goal and he is supposed to be my strike partner. Dion was saying in the changing room that his phone is going off with everyone thinking that he scored, but Im going to have to tell him he’s not.
“I thought his (Wilkinson’s) second was an own goal to be fair,” Dennis laughed.
He may not have credited Dennis with the goal, but Wilkinson did commend his striker partner for the role he played in his first.
The 21-year-old continued: “I don’t know what Kristian was doing, he was running all over the gaff and then he was offside so I told him to leave it which he did so I was able to run onto it. Usually that strike hits the post and goes out but today luck was on my side and it hit the post and went in.”
The pair will be hoping to keep their places in the starting eleven ahead of the Spireites trip to Bury at the weekend, but Wilkinson admitted that even if Ched Evans doesn’t return then they face a challenge from academy graduate Ricky German, who made his league debut as a substitute.
He said: “We will continue to do the same again, we will work hard in training and for the rest of the week and hopefully we will get selected.”
While Dennis added: “Ricky has got a good record in the youth team and has been training with us for the past couple of weeks and he has shown what he can do.”