SPIREITES boss Paul Cook has a tough task to find the winning recipe against League Two leaders Gillingham.
Martin Allen’s men have won 10 and lost just one of their away games this season making them the most successful travelling team this term. However they’ll be without their injured leading scorer Danny Kedwell but loan man Cody McDonald, borrowed from Coventry and believed to have been a target for Cook, has slotted in well, bagging three goals in his six Gills outings.
Chesterfield’s performance at Rotherham was well below par, improving only when Frenchman Armand Gnanduillet came on. A week earlier, the ex Poissy man’s introduction at half-time also acted as a spur for a much improved show in the win against Wimbledon.
Therefore it looks likely the 21 year old rough diamond could get his first start in England having enjoyed less than 90 minutes pitch time as a substitute.
How Cook will shape the rest of his side is a conundrum. Based on his lack of experience, Gnanduillet would be a risk to play as a lone striker, but linking him up with Marc Richards means the manager’s less favoured 4-4-2 formation will need to be operated. The problem with that set-up is that Spireites are without any recognised wingers, so supply would be minimal.
Jay O’Shea, so effective in the hole behind a single front man, has been much less of a threat when operated as a wideman, and with Tendayi Darikwa on the treatment table, Cook’s main source of wing play is unavailable.
Then there’s the central midfield issue. Sam Hird’s stopgap role there will have to end due to suspension.