CHESTERFIELD: Spireites must down Dale to extend League One stay of execution

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CHESTERFIELD will have to see off fellow strugglers Rochdale on Saturday if they are to keep alive their slim hopes of staying up.

Bottom club Dale visit the B2net needing to win themselves but they have not won on their travels since mid-November at Preston.

John Coleman’s side came from two down with 11 minutes left to beat Exeter at the weekend - their first win in six matches.

They gave a debut to 18-year-old full-back Sam Minihan in that match and left out skipper and record appearance holder Gary Jones.

The 34-year-old midfield powerhouse had been ever-present in the league this season and Coleman has reiterated that the crowd favourite has a future at Spotland.

He said of the omission: “We picked a team that we thought could win and changed our formation slightly. That’s no slight on Gary; he’s been a fantastic player for Rochdale and I’m sure he’ll be a fantastic player for at least another couple of years.”

Chesterfield look set to make few, if any, changes.

Subs Danny Whitaker and Scott Boden turned Saturday’s 2-1 win at Hartlepool with a goal and an assist respectively.

They replaced Jimmy Juan and Craig Westcarr, who have both been struggling with minor injuries.

The teams have met twice this season. The league game at Rochdale ended 1-1 but Spireites tasted extra-time defeat there in the Carling Cup.