After 13 games without a win, every game is massive. However Chesterfield’s trip to Scunthorpe United tomorrow (1pm) really is huge for all concerned.
Scunthorpe, managed by former Spireites assistant boss Alan Knill, have slipped into the bottom four and, like Spireites, desperately need a win to avoid been marooned at the wrong end of the table.
The Iron haven’t lost a home league game to Chesterfield since 1995, a promotion season for Spireites, so recent history doesn’t favour John Sheridan’s men.
Knill’s team have lost their last four home games in all competitions, Bury won 3-1 at Glandford Park on Boxing Day, coming from behind. Eddie Nolan picked up his fifth booking of the season in that game so is suspended, though Oliver Norwood returns after a ban.
Out of Scunthorpe’s line up through injury are Matt Godden (hip), Josh Lillis (knee), Damien Mozika (ankle) and Michael Collins (Achilles).
Simon Ford (knee) will be hoping to be available for selection for the visitors but Mark Randall (hand) is definitely out.
New signing Jimmy Juan isn’t considered fit enough after being unattached since the summer. Tope Obadeyi has returned to Bolton after his loan spell and Jack Lester misses the second of three games through suspension.
Cardiff City midfielder Solomon Taiwo, 26, has been training with Spireites this week. He last appeared for the Bluebirds three months ago and he could well be Sheridan’s first transfer window signing.
Sheridan has been given the go ahead to spend.
All areas of the side need strengthening but central midfield has come under most scrutiny of late.