SPIREITES: Chesterfield aware of tonight’s Gigg as Rochdale take on Bury ... before Accrington Stanley

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Spireites will have half an eye on Gigg Lane this evening as third placed Rochdale make the short trip to Bury.

Keith Hill’s Dale could move above Paul Cook’s League Two leaders ahead of Chesterfield’s trip to lowly Accrington Stanley tomorrow, formerly managed by both Cook and his assistant Leam Richardson.

No Chesterfield 11 has yet registered a win at the Crown Ground and the pitch and somewhat basic surroundings will hardly be inspirational for the visitors.

Cook has no new injury worries: only Drew Talbot remains unavailable for selection, as the manager looks to see his side get back on the scoring trail after Monday’s goalless televised stalemate with Portsmouth.

It’s unlikely that Cook will alter his defence, in which centre halves Ian Evatt and Liam Cooper have been magnificent of late.

Holding midfielders Jimmy Ryan and Sam Morsy are also certain starters.

It’s with his attacking quartet of three advanced midfielders and lone striker that could see Cook make some changes.

Jay O’Shea is pushing for a recall, with Ollie Banks and Dan Gardner’s places both under pressure.

Only Gary Roberts’ spot looks assured.

Marc Richards could also come into consideration as the striker with Eoin Doyle possibly being asked to move back into a deeper lying role.

The expected heavy pitch could even see Armand Gnanduillet come into contention for a starting role if Cook decides to switch to a more direct 4-4-2 formation should the surface be deemed too tricky for Spireites’ normal passing game.

He and Richards could form a more physical threat for the visitors as they seek a first win in their sixth visit to Stanley’s home, four defeats and a draw have preceded this visit.

James Beattie’s Stanley will be without the experienced Nicky Hunt.

The ex-Miller is suspended after picking up a 10th booking in last weekend’s 2-1 defeat at promotion- chasing Burton Albion, a second consecutive defeat following a single goal loss at Portsmouth.

On loan from Rotherham United Kayode Odejayi is likely to lead Stanley’s attack, though he’s not scored since New Years’ Day.

Scot Kal Naismith, once of Rangers, has been the Lancastrians’ main scoring threat of late, keeping ex-Blade Danny Webber on the bench.

Accrington have not won at home since November.

Tomorrow’s match is the first of two tricky away games for Chesterfield. Another awkward trip to AFC Wimbledon follows on Tuesday before promotion-chasing Oxford United visit the Proact Stadium next weekend for another key game.