John Sheridan has a ‘pleasant’ problem ahead of the home fixture with out of sorts Bradford City.
He’s somehow got to come to terms with fitting 15 players into 11 first team slots. The win at Gillingham didn’t feature Jack Lester, Ian Breckin, Derek Niven or Scott Griffiths as starters, all of whom have done more than enough this season to warrant a shirt.
Deane Smalley, four goals this season, all away, has yet to start a home game for Chesterfield but he’ll be hoping his brace at Priestfield will been enough for him to get the nod in what could be his last game on loan from Oldham Athletic.
Javan Vidal, borrowed from Manchester City, looks set to make his home bow after two solid shows on the road. At Gillingham his cross teed up Smalley for the opener and a long ball through, dummied by Craig Davies, led to the second. Lester looks a certain starter, all of his nine goals this season have been at home, meaning that Smalley, despite his heroics, may have to step down or switch to the wing. Few other League Two managers will have such a luxury.
Visiting boss Peter Taylor is feeling the pressure for entirely different reasons. This will be their fourth straight away game and they’ve lost the other three following on from a home defeat against Barnet.
Bantams will be without midfielders Tom Doherty (ankle) and Lee Bullock (thigh) but Michael Flynn came on as a sub in midweek and could make his first start of the season after injury. Steve Williams (hamstring) is also likely to be missing.