Chesterield host MK Dons tonight buoyed by back-to-back wins in their first two games back in League One.
A 2-1 win over Rochdale followed a win by the same scoreline at Leyton Orient and between that a fine but ultimately unsuccessful cup tie at home to Huddersfield Town was witnessed. Striker Eoin Doyle has scored in all three games, he bagged a brace of penalties on Saturday, and if the Irishman is on target again this evening, he’ll be the first Spireite to score in the opening four games of a season since Phil Brown in 1985.
The best ever scoring start to a season by a Spireite came 12 months before that when Bob Newton converted in the season’s first five games.
Chesterfield have no new injuries, though Jimmy Ryan has received treatment to a slight knock, so Paul Cook will be able to select the same 11 that dominated Rochdale.
Midfielder Ollie Banks has a little more training under his belt and Aston Villa loanee Daniel Johnson has also had additional time to become more assimilated. Those two plus Armand Gnanduillet are Cook’s only three available ‘impact’ substitutes. Dan Gardner is expected to be available for Fleetwood on Saturday.
Spireites continue to look for new recruits, but as yet, no reinforcements have arrived.
That means that the team looks set to be Tommy Lee in goal, Tendayi Darikwa, skipper Ian Evatt, Sam Hird and former Owl Dan Jones across the back line. Sam Morsy and Ryan will continue their successful holding midfield partnership whilst the attacking midfield trio of Romy Boco, Gary Roberts and Jay O’Shea will play just behind the in-form Doyle.
Michael Onovwigun, 18, who got a couple of minutes of action against Dale, will be hoping for more game time whilst Charlie Raglan and Charlie Dawes are yet to taste any league action.
Dons boss Karl Robinson wants to keep his side’s unbeaten record in Chesterfield intact. He saw his side lose 3-2 at Peterborough three days ago, taking their goals scored tally to nine in three games.Former Chesterfield midfielder Mark Randall, who joined Dons last season, will be hoping to get only his second start for his home town club.