Spireites will go into the derby match after three away games that have brought mixed results.
A win at Oldham in the JPT was followed by two late goals to wipe out a Chesterfield lead at Carlisle and an even later Bury equaliser in midweek. However there was enough in the performances in each of those games to hint that the corner has begun to be turned.
Despite the concessions, the defence has begun to look like a unit and, at Oldham in particular, held out under immense pressure.
The midfield has started to provide the link needed between front and back with Jamie Lowry’s return in two of those three games having a positive effect.
The introduction of Nicky Ajose in attack gives a new element of speed and surprise to complement Jack Lester’s experience and nous.
Indeed Spireites now look much better than a bottom four side, but they need to play like a side much higher up the league than that if the trapdoor is to be escaped.
Their last home game, a 1-0 win over Bournemouth, showed all of the qualities needed to get out of it and John Sheridan will be demanding a return to that level of discipline for the game against the Owls.
It’s Wednesday’s first visit to the town since the equivalent weekend in 2005 when a Whelan and Brunt inspired Owls side, en-route to promotion via the play-offs, won 3-1.
Sheridan is unlikely to thrust Mark Allott (hamstring), James Hurst (ankle) or Jimmy Juan (calf) into the starting line up so his main conundrum will be who to play down the right. Josh Thompson played at right back at Bury but there was no out and out right sided midfielder as the manager played a midfield three with Alex Mendy just ahead of them.
Mendy could switch to right wing but he’ll face competition from Craig Westcarr and Dean Morgan for that slot whilst Simon Ford is an option behind that position.