Chesterfield travel to Crewe Alexandra tomorrow in League One looking to build on last weekend’s FA Cup win at Braintree Town.
A 6-0 success in the first round of the competition brought the Spireites winless run to an end and they will be hoping for more of the same on the road at Gresty Road on Saturday against bottom club Crewe.
Notable wins away at Leyton Orient on the opening day of the season and Port Vale in August seem a distant memory for Chesterfield who have lost their last four away from the Proact Stadium in the league.
But they face a Crewe side who have shipped the most amount of goals in the division (32) and on par with Barnsley, who the Spireites entertain on November 22, for those conceded on their own patch (16).
To little surprise, things aren’t any better at the other end of the pitch for Crewe. Thirteen goals in total betters that of Yeovil Town by one and is less than Eoin Doyle’s tally of 14 in the league.
Crewe have picked up of late, however, and have won three of their last five league matches and earned a first round replay against fellow League One side Sheffield United last Saturday after a goalless draw.
But any hopes they have of continuing the mini-revival against the Spireites will have to be done without leading scorer Marcus Haber (4) who is on international duty with Canada. He will also miss the replay.
Loan strikers Febian Brandy (from Rotherham United) and Danny Haynes (Notts County) will be in contention whilst defender George Ray is suspended. Former Spireite Chris Atkinson was subbed at half-time against the Blades.
Chesterfield meanwhile have seen four players leave the club this week - Charlie Dawes, Michael Onovwigun and Carl Lamb all on loan, while Oscar Gobern has returned to parent club Huddersfield Town on Thursday.
Paul Cook, the Spireites manager, still has Aaron Chapman, Drew Talbot, Sam Hird and Georg Margreitter sidelined due to injuries whilst Gary Roberts played 78 minutes on his return from a hamstring problem.