Chesterfield: Spireites ‘will take JP Trophy seriously’

Spireites assistant boss Brian Carey (centre)
Spireites assistant boss Brian Carey (centre)
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Stabilising league form might be the top priority but assistant boss Brian Carey says Chesterfield head to Rochdale in the JP Trophy looking to win.

The Spireites enter the competition tonight after receiving a bye through the first round and travel to Spotland fresh from a vital League One win over Crewe Alexandra at the weekend.

Carey insists Chesterfield – winners of the competition in 2012 and runners up in 2014 – will take tonight’s game seriously.

The Irishman said: “We won’t be treating the game any differently.

“Our build up has been exactly the same; we’ve gone through things normally, like we would do any week and we’ll be going to Rochdale looking to try and win.”

Sam Morsy will miss the game through suspension after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season at Crewe.

Dion Donahue could make his senior debut but Carey says team selection will be a late call.

He said: “There is an opportunity to possibly blood another youngster or two after Mani Dieseruvwe and Rai Simons did well at Crewe but we haven’t made any definite decisions yet.

“We’ve got a few ideas in mind but we need to be careful because we want to repeat what’s happened here in the last few seasons where there’s been a great degree of success in the competition.

“We’d like to continue that.

“We had one or two knocks on Saturday and we’ve three games in a week but everybody’s ready to go, bar the long term injured.

“They’ve had a couple of results go against them in the last week or two but they’re a good side, they’re sixth.

“Keith Hill’s had that side together for a while now and that shows in their performances, they’re a difficult team to beat.”