Chesterfield: Chance creation key to a Spireites revival

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Spireites will be desperate to end their four game losing run when Fleetwood come to the Proact tomorrow.

Not since the 2011-12 relegation season has the team lost five in a row and the time before that when a similar run was experienced, in March 2007, the side was also relegated.

Paul Cook has been chopping and changing his side, personnel and formation during the barren run as he seeks to regain the confidence that’s been in place for much of the season.

While scoring, or more accurately not scoring, has been as issue, perhaps a bigger worry has been the reduction in chances created.

During the four straight defeats, Spireites have averaged just nine shots per match whilst the four games before that, against Notts County, Doncaster, Crawley and Derby, the average number of shots per game was almost double that at just under 18. Doyle or no Doyle, halving the amount of chances will not enhance the goals for column.

Gary Roberts’ re-appearance is key to Chesterfield’s chances; he played within himself at Rochdale last week as he nervously returned to the side following a hamstring problem. The win at Notts County earlier this month is the only time this season Spireites have won without Roberts starting.

Striker Caolan Lavery looks like he’s still a way to go to reach full fitness, winger Mark Duffy also looks to be in that camp whilst Armand Gnanduillet looked below par at Spotland. So the key striking spot could go to Byron Harrison, who’s shown in spells that he’s more than capable, but his short time with the club has been a little stop-start.

Skipper Ian Evatt will be hoping to return to the side after missing two games with concussion and fellow central defender Charlie Raglan will also be hoping for a recall.

Spireites’ Under 18’s moved level with Bradford City at the top of the North East Youth Alliance after beating Grimsby Town 2-0 with goals from Mason Coy and Jordan Walshaw. Mark Smith’s side host Hull City tomorrow at Langer Lane with a 10.30am kick off.