Spireites travel to regular recent rivals Fleetwood Town tomorrow seeking to win a fifth away match this season.
No Chesterfield team since Nicky Law’s controversial squad 15 years ago has gained maximum away points five times by the end of Halloween though Dean Saunders’ side will have to make do without the suspended Dan Jones.
The forced switch at left back could be one of a number in the back four as new loan signing Richard Wood and available again after suspension, Ian Evatt, both strong contenders for a start.
Drew Talbot could switch from right to left-back or the inexperienced Dion Donohoe or the vastly experienced Ritchie Humphreys could deputise. Should Talbot switch positions, Sam Hird or Liam O’Neil would battle it out for the right sided spot with Charlie Raglan battling to stay in the side ahead of Evatt or Wood.
Saunders has thought through a number of permutations to cover for ever-present Jones’ absence. He said: “We’ve been thinking, it’s a dodgy spot to cover, we can cover everywhere else, that’s why Richard Wood signed, so we have another defender in the building and he talks well. I’ve had him (at Crawley) before.
“He’s a great man and he helps the younger players around him so he’ll be a great addition to what we’ve got. He’s got to come in and do well, I’m sure he’ll improve us but we’ve now got competition for places, we’re going to need them all.
“We’re a while a way from tightening up to a level where teams playing against us don’t get any chances but I’m pleased with the way things are going, we’re a point better off than where we were at this stage last season so we must be doing alright.”
The manager indicated a new injury to one of his regular subs: “Jake Orrell picked up a bit of a groin injury; him and Angel are out, all of the others are fine.”
The Cod Army will be without former Proact favourite Jimmy Ryan, the side’s only outfield ever-present; he picked up a 5th yellow card at Oakwell last weekend.