Forgotten striker Byron Harrison is hoping a heart-to-heart chat with new Spireites boss Danny Wilson can kickstart his Chesterfield career.
The 28-year-old, who has made just two late sub appearances in the first team this season, scored in each half for Chesterfield’s U21s in a 2-2 draw with Notts County at the Proact Stadium earlier this week.
One man he’s been behind in the pecking order for much of this season, Mani Dieseruvwe, missed a great chance to put Spireites 2-0 up - again helping Harrison’s cause.
And Harrison said: “I’ve never been as sharp as I should be.
“But the new manager’s come in and we’ve had a positive talk so I’m hoping to get closer to the first eleven.
“It was great to start the year with a few minutes on the pitch. I’ve spent too long not playing football, so I’m just happy to be involved.”
Harrison’s first goal was scored from a rebound after triallist Nana Boakye-Yiadom nicked the ball and saw his shot parried away.
Boakye-Yiadom, 19, was signed from West Ham United by Spireites boss Danny Wilson when he was at Barnsley, in 2014. He’s been a free agent since leaving Oakwell last summer.
Harrison said: “We were disappointed to go 2-1 down in the 89th minute but we showed character coming back to draw.
“But we should have won it from the position we’d been in.”
The match also marked the reserves’ debut of development squad teenager Davis Keiller-Dunn.
Wilson will be hoping Drew Talbot (hamstring) is able to return to the squad this weekend for the trip to Rochdale.
Inexperienced left-back Dion Donohue would be unlucky to lose his place whilst right-back Liam O’Neil is enjoying his best spell since joining from West Bromwich Albion.