Jack Lester will start for Spireites at the New York Stadium tomorrow.
The 37 year old striker is still Chesterfield’s leading scorer with nine goals this season despite starting only eight games during the campaign. Indeed his last four starts have all been in defeats, but his presence and his goal last week in the 2-0 win against Wimbledon indicated that he was ready for a start once again.
Manager Paul Cook is keeping quiet about the make-up of the rest of his team, depleted only by hernia victim Tendayi Darikwa. Striker Mark Richards has been training fully after his hamstring niggle and is clearly in the mix to join Lester at the spearhead of Spireites’ side.
Defensively, Cook is unlikely to shuffle the pack. He said: “Defensively we look good. Penetrating and scoring enough goals at the minute is a bit of a problem, not too much of one because we won last Saturday, so that’s something we’re looking at daily.
“We just go to Rotherham wanting to win, we don’t want to complicate it with formations and the like, we just want our supporters to go there, like we know they’re going to go and we want them to come back happy and to come back happy we need to play well and win.”
The manager added: “It’s a game with more than just three points at stake, no one should kid themselves, it’s a local rivalry, a derby match that’s got a lot more than three points at stake.”
Cook, who was at Plainmoor in the week to see the Millers’ 3-1 win at Torquay United, has indicated he’s still in the market to bring in a left-winger, his priority position, and he’s not ruled out any new face being available for the club’s first visit to New York.