Spireites Tommy Lee yesterday came through his first game back after injury.
The keeper, out since the beginning of September with a shoulder problem, played for just over a half of the reserves’ home match against Hull City, a game won 4-2 by the visitors.
However manager Paul Cook was left with another injury problem as central defender Neal Trotman limped off with what looked like a hamstring problem.
Fellow defender Sam Hird is suspended for the weekend’s FA Cup tie with Hartlepool United, meaning the new manager will have to put out a somewhat makeshift defence, especially as Huddersfield Town have refused permission for loanee Liam Ridehalgh to play in the tie. The Terriers have also indicated midfielder Chris Atkinson is ineligible.
Second year scholar Jack Broadhead played the full game and he could be drafted in to the side to make his debut against Pools having previously being an unused sub.
Chesterfield tried out ex-Blades and Doncaster centre half Oscar Radford and the 20-year-old defender, who has been playing at Kettering Town, soon saw his side three down. Liam Cooper, Jon Margetts and Conor Townsend all scored in the opening 20 minutes for the Tigers.
Jonathan Wafula twice headed wide and Craig Westcarr rifled high from great positions, all picked out by Micah Evans, before Scott Boden pulled one back.
Margetts added a second after the break and Jacob Hazel immediately pulled one back for Chesterfield but Hull held out to win.
Team: Lee (Mason 53), Broadhead, Trotman (Scully 44), Radford, Whittaker, Evans, Randall, Wafula, Waddle, Boden, Westcarr (Hazel 46).