One man hoping to get the nod for this evening’s home game with Northampton Town is winger Kieran Djilali.
The man borrowed from Crystal Palace bounced back to score the second goal in the weekend’s 3-0 win at Cheltenham. He’s happy back at Spireites saying: “I’m enjoying it. The manager talks to me a lot, that’s a good thing to have as it gives me confidence. I didn’t play well last week against Morecambe, so I was dropped or rested, whichever you fancy, for the midweek game with Wycombe.
“At Cheltenham, I played quite well so hopefully I’ll stick in the manager’s mind for Northampton. I’m just pleased to be playing in a good team that’s winning.”
Having re-joined Spireites after a two month spell at Saltergate last term, he compared the fortunes of the team now to last season: “There’s more confidence and more belief and the team’s a little bit better attacking wise.
“Last year we weren’t really scoring goals and we were conceding, but this year we’ve tightened things up and are flying at the moment.”
Djilali could be replaced by Jack Lester, a home specialist, with Dean Morgan reverting to the wing from his attacking role at Whaddon Road. Mark Allott (ankle) and Ian Breckin (virus) are back in contention and could replace Derek Niven and Gregor Robertson. Dwayne Mattis (calf) has an outside chance of playing but is more likely to be saved for Crewe at the weekend.
Cobblers are without strikers Leon McKenzie and long termer Tadgh Purcell. They have conceded six goals in their last two games, both 3-2 home defeats.