Following three draws, Spireites will be looking for a win at Burton Albion tomorrow night.
Unbeaten in 10, a run stretching back to November, the form of John Sheridan’s team can hardly be called shaky. But no wins since the excellent victory at Gillingham, all against teams not in the promotion shake up, has had cut the team’s lead to the fourth placed side to eight points.
Burton, twice victors over Spireites this season, will again prove to be tricky but the broadside the players received after the Aldershot match last Saturday could well shake them up. Striker Craig Davies, Burton born, could find his place under pressure having failed to find the net since New Years’ Day.
Deane Smalley, who has since taken over as the main scorer, will likely play a striker’s role rather than on the wing where he began against the Shots.
Whether Davies or Jack Lester, often rested for away games, team up with him is the big decision for the manager to make.
Sheridan could revert to the 4-3-3 formation that worked well at Southend United last month, when Smalley was supported by Drew Talbot and Danny Whitaker whilst Dwayne Mattis played in midfield rather than at centre half. Javan Vidal’s spot at right back is also under threat. Former Rotherham United loanee Dean Holden, far more experienced, could be thrown in for his debut.