Turner backs Spireites to move on up

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Chris Turner fully expects to see Chesterfield pull away from League One’s bottom four when key figures return from injury.

The Spireites CEO pointed to the absence of Tommy Lee, Dan Jones, Ched Evans among others as reasons to why the club find themselves towards the foot of the table.

Chesterfield’s threadbare squad managed to put a stop to a sequence of eight consecutive defeats on Tuesday night in a thrilling 3-2 win over fellow-strugglers MK Dons.

And, with Turner confident the club’s immediate financial future will be secured in the coming days, he can also see a change of fortunes on the pitch in the near future.

“Our players can’t use this (club’s financial uncertainty) as an excuse because this has already happened in the last seven days and it might be over in the next seven days,” said Turner. “It’s had no impact whatsoever out there. You only have to go into Danny’s (Wilson, manager) office to see the list of injuries, more than half of them will be in the starting line-up.

“That squad fully fit, minus one or two injuries that you’re always going to get, is more than capable of finishing in a good position in League One.When Danny gets them back then we’ll see the results improve. When we get a couple back it will lift the players and raise their standards.”

Jon Nolan and Lloyd Allinson were on the bench at stadium:mk.

“Lloyd had a slight thigh strain but I thought Ryan [Fulton] would excel after a rest on Saturday,” said Wilson. “We have a lot of players out injured so we have to be careful.”