There were plenty of positive signs in Spireites’ Boxing Day defeat at Huddersfield Town. However, for the 13th time on the trot, there was no win.
Failure to win at third bottom Scunthorpe United on New Years’ Eve will equal the run experienced at the start of Roy McFarland’s managerial spell. The last game of 2002/03 plus the first 13 matches of the following season were all winless, though that 14 game run is still only two thirds of the way to the club’s worst ever spell, 21 games in 1999-2000. McFarland’s side avoided relegation.
And more performances like that seen at the Galpharm, though a little more penetration is needed, and results will start to turn.
Manager John Sheridan said: “It’s always hard to take when you put in a performance like that against a team who are really flying. I thought we did really, really well.
“We defended really well against a tough team to play against and I thought we matched them in lots of departments and we had some really good opportunities. At the end of the day, it wasn’t meant to be and we’ve just got to carry on. If we play like that and believe in ourselves, more than anything else, we’ll start winning.”
Scunthorpe, 3-1 home losers to Bury on Monday, are without a win in 8 themselves so it’s another huge game for Sheridan and his opposite number Alan Knill, a former Chesterfield Assistant Manager.
Jack Lester remains suspended though Simon Ford (knee) could recover in time to be considered. United’s Eddie Nolan will be suspended for the game after picking up his fifth booking against Bury though Oliver Norwood will be available after a three match ban.