SPIREITES: Crawley Town v Chesterfield FC match preview

Chesterfield vs Sheffield United - Sam Morsy Pic by: James Williamson
Chesterfield vs Sheffield United - Sam Morsy Pic by: James Williamson

Paul Cook’s squad will be boosted by the return of Sam Morsy following suspension for the trip to Crawley Town.

The Chesterfield midfielder is in line to go straight back in to the starting eleven with Ollie Banks joining Northampton Town on loan yesterday.

Banks was given the nod to fill the midfield void alongside Jimmy Ryan in front of the Spireites defence against Barnsley at home last Saturday.

He was replaced on the hour by Ritchie Humphreys but moved out on loan this week to get more minutes under his belt with Northampton in League Two.

It may give an indication as to the progress of Sam Hird, who was involved in a behind-closed-doors game at Lincoln City on Tuesday, on his return from injury.

The versatile Hird, who can play at the back or in midfield, has been out of action for three months since he suffered a serious knee injury at Port Vale on August 30.

He has been involved in training for the past week and set this Saturday’s game at Crawley as a possible comeback, in Chesterfield’s first visit to Broadfield Stadium.

Opponents Crawley are unbeaten in their last five, last winning at home to Walsall on October 21, and drawing the last four and sit four points above the drop zone.

They possess Izale McLeod, who has nine for the season, and signed Shaun Miller on emergency loan from fellow League One side Coventry City on deadline day.

But Crawley will come up against a Spireites side who have conceded just once in their last four games in all competitions this month.

Charlie Raglan has impressed at the heart of the Chesterfield defence alongside skipper Ian Evatt and is likely to continue at Crawley, despite the return to fitness of Georg Margreitter.

LAST TIME OUT:

Crawley 5-3-2 (v Scunthorpe): Price, Bawling, Dickson, Walsh, Bradley, Leacock; Jimmy, Edwards, Keane; McLeod, Tomlin

Chesterfield 4-2-3-1 (v Barnsley): Lee; Darikwa, Evatt, Raglan, Jones; Morsy, Banks; O’Shea, Roberts, Clucas; Doyle

Referee assigned: Graham Horwood (Luton)