SPIREITES travel to Rochdale tonight desperate to prevent their opponents widening the gap between the sides.
John Sheridan’s men have lost five games on the trot and sit four places and two points behind Dale, who lost at Exeter City on Saturday. Chesterfield haven’t lost six straight games since 2003.
The manager hinted at significant changes for the club’s second trip to Spotland this season, they lost a 120 minute Carling Cup game in August despite twice taking the lead. After the 3-2 home defeat against Hartlepool United Sheridan was scathing about his team, indicating only winger Alex Mendy should not be disappointed with his performance.
He said: “All I’m asking for is a bit of fight and passion. I’ll look at myself and ask if I’m picking the right players and are the players I’m picking performing well enough? On the latest evidence, the answer is no so I must make changes.”
Of tonight’s task he added: “They’re all tough games from where we are in the league. I’ll find out more about myself because I’ve never been in a run like this, it’s not something I want to talk about, but I need to turn it around and turn it around quickly.”
Dale have won just one in eight themselves.