It’s crunch time at Adams Park tomorrow.
Rock bottom Chesterfield, two wins in 14 games, travel to 23rd placed Wycombe who have one win in 10.
John Sheridan’s Spireites will be massively buoyed by their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy penalty shoot-out win over Preston North End on Tuesday and it’s not expected that there will be wholesale changes from the team that performed well at Deepdale. Central defender Neal Trotman, cup-tied as well as resting an ankle knock, could return to play alongside Aaron Downes, with Simon Ford possibly switching to right back if Drew Talbot’s arm injury keeps him out. Skipper Talbot picked up the problem in stoppage time in midweek.
Up front, either Jack Lester or Nathan Clarke will come in with Dean Morgan most likely to miss out. Gregor Robertson (thigh) and Nathan Smith (hamstring) look set to miss out whilst Mark Randall (hand) will definitely be absent from the duel.
The game is the first of two pre-Christmas games against other bottom four teams and a return of less than four points from the battles would be disappointing. Walsall visit the B2net a week tomorrow.
Gary Waddock’s Chairboys will almost certainly give a debut to diminutive on loan winger Anthony McNamee who was ineligible from their last game, a 4-3 loss at his parent club MK Dons. Another borrowed man, QPR’s Martin Rowlands, is doubtful due to a hamstring injury.
Veteran skipper Gareth Ainsworth, 38, has recovered from a broken thumb but, short of match practice, is likely to be on the bench. Jordan Ibe, 16 yesterday, could get a start having been a regular in the squad in the last couple of months.
Chesterfield did the double over Wycombe last season as both sides went up and more of the same will do Sheridan’s side no end of good.