One man hoping he retains his place for the trip to Gresty Road tomorrow is central defender Charlie Raglan.
The 21 year old former Port Vale trainee has played in Spireites last two games, both clean sheets, but manager Paul Cook has made no secret of the fact that he wants to bring in loan cover in that position.
Currently Cook has no real options for the Crewe game; Sam Hird and Georg Margreitter are injured but Raglan is pragmatic enough to know that there’s no guarantee he’ll retain his place.
The ex FC United of Manchester man said: “Two games, two clean sheets, which is obviously very pleasing. I’m just pleased to get my chance again, it’s been a while since I’ve played. I want to play as often as I can, but if the manager wants to bring in more players then I just have to get on with it, I can’t control that. It doesn’t worry me.
“From my point of view any player that’s coming in, I’ll have to fight for my place and that’s healthy at any club. I’m enjoying my time on the pitch and personally I feel like I’ve done okay. The manager’s given me a chance and put his trust in me for now and hopefully I can repay that and we can repay that as a team to get through the sticky patch we’ve had.”
Having made his debut as a sub at Port Vale as a result of Hird’s injury, Raglan started in the JPT loss at Scunthorpe and the 3-2 defeat at Doncaster before returning to the bench when Margreitter was drafted in from Wolves. His two recent appearances have been alongside Margreitter and then Evatt having played with Jack Broadhead at Scunthorpe, meaning he’s not had any real chance to build a partnership yet.
However he feels his return to full time football has improved him. He added: “I feel like I’ve definitely come on, I’m a much better player just from pre-season and spending time with all the lads and the gaffer’s been brilliant with me. I’ve spoken to people I’ve played with in the past and said how much I’ve learned in te five months here. I’ve enjoyed every minute. I always said that was my aim, I want to come in and enjoy myself and do my best to play.”
Raglan, Evatt, Tendayi Darikwa and Dan Jones look certain to start across the back, in front of a back to his best Tommy Lee.
The other half dozen starters look odds-on to be the same as those that saw off Braintree Town on Sunday. Jay O’Shea and Gary Roberts returned to the team and both played vital roles in the 6-0 win whilst Jimmy Ryan and Sam Morsy’s partnership in the heart of the defence was restored and worked well.
Eoin Doyle and Sam Clucas played as a pair for the first time, Doyle scored two whilst Clucas scored one and made one for his strike partner, but the manager could opt for a return to one up top with Clucas switching to a wide position.
One man not likely to feature is Huddersfield loan man Oscar Gobern who’s returned to his parent club ahead of his scheduled return next week.
Cook will still be hoping to bring in more cover ahead of the trip; without reinforcements, he’ll not be able to name a full seven man bench.