Chesterfield: New boys step up to fill Eoin Doyle’s big shoes

Caolan Lavery is in line for his Chesterfield debut this weekend
Caolan Lavery is in line for his Chesterfield debut this weekend
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Spireites must now prepare for life in League One without the Country’s top scorer, Eoin Doyle.

The Irishman, scorer of 25 goals this term, will be thinking of visiting Hillsborough with Cardiff City whilst Paul Cook’s side prepare to make the short trip to out of form Notts County.

Shaun Derry’s side has slipped down the table from 3rd towards the end of October to 14th spot now having won just once in eleven games whilst, over the same period, Spireites have risen to 5th from 11th.

Dan Gardner, who replaced Armand Gnanduillet (groin) last week for the 2-2 draw with Doncaster Rovers will miss the game through injury whilst it’s touch and go whether the big Frenchman will be fit to start. Gary Roberts (hamstring) also remains sidelined.

Since Doyle’s departure, Cook’s new signings are queuing up to step in.

Strikers Byron Harrison and Caolan Lavery will both be hoping for a start whilst winger Mark Duffy looks the most likely replacement for Gardner.

Mani Dieseruvwe and Ashley Carter look like they may have to bide their time a little longer, with a bench spot looking their best hope for Meadow Lane.

Cook will also have to decide how to marshal his defence. After Gardner limped off in the first half last Saturday, the manager switched to a three at the back formation and it looked solid enough with Ian Evatt alongside Charlie Raglan and Sam Hird. That selection would mean left-back Dan Jones would be the likely loser with Sam Clucas running the left side last weekend. Rarely has Cook had so many selection posers as this week.

County weren’t involved in business on the final day of the window though recent signings include ex-Ipswich and Borussia Dortmund giant striker Balint Bajner plus Bolton loanees Kaiyne Woolery, also a front runner and full-back Hayden White. In all during January, Derry has brought in seven new faces, five of them loan men with the likes of Jake Cassidy, Stephen McLaughlin, Louis Laing and Michael Petrasso moving out.

Derry’s men lost 3-0 at Oldham last Saturday.