SPIREITES: Gillingham v Chesterfield FC match preview

Crewe vs Chesterfield - Eoin Doyle Pic By: James Williamson
Crewe vs Chesterfield - Eoin Doyle Pic By: James Williamson

Chesterfield club captain Ian Evatt is back in contention for a place in the Spireites’ starting line-up but Eoin Doyle is doubtful for Saturday’s trip to Gillingham.

Evatt has missed the last two games with a head injury but is in pole position to slot in to the centre of defence alongside Charlie Raglan at the Priestfield Stadium.

Georg Margreitter returned to parent club Wolverhampton Wanderers after the defeat to Bradford City following the conclusion of the defender’s three-month loan spell.

He represented the Spireites on 14 occasions, scoring once at home to Notts County, including an ineligible appearance in a second round FA Cup tie win over MK Dons.

Chesterfield have since admitted to the breach in FA Cup rules and the tie will be replayed on January 2, 2015 for the chance to compete in the third round at Scunthorpe United.

But it is the league which dominates the Spireites’ focus as they set to make the 380-mile round trip to Gillingham without suspended duo Dan Jones and Sam Morsy.

Jones will serve the last of his three-match ban whilst Morsy begins his, which, will also see the midfielder miss the Boxing Day game at home to Peterborough United and the away match at Coventry City on December 28.

Sam Clucas has filled in on the left side of defence in Jones’ absence in a 4-4-2 formation, which has seen Armand Gnanduillet line-up in attack with top scorer Eoin Doyle.

However, Doyle’s inclusion in Chesterfield’s eleven to face Gillingham is in doubt after the striker suffered a slight hamstring strain ahead of a congested festive period.

Sam Hird has been back among the match day squad in recent weeks after three months out with injury. His only appearance since Port Vale away on August 30 came as a substitute in the FA Cup at MK Dons.

The Spireites will come up against a Gillingham side who haven’t kept a clean sheet in the league in three months, since a goalless draw at home to Walsall on September 20.

The Gills, managed by Peter Taylor, sit two points above the drop zone, three points behind Chesterfield and have only lost twice on home soil in the league this season.

Taylor’s side have pulled away from the bottom four in recent weeks, beating Leyton Orient and Doncaster Rovers in a four-game unbeaten run.