SPIREITES: Notts County v Chesterfield FC match preview

Caolan Lavery
Caolan Lavery

Chesterfield begin life without striker Eoin Doyle at Notts County looking to maintain their play-off position in League One.

Doyle, who had contributed 21 goals to the Spireites’ league efforts, was sold to Cardiff City on transfer deadline day for an undisclosed seven figure fee.

He left the club fifth in the table on 39 points, just one ahead of seventh-placed Rochdale, and that will be where they hope to remain come 5pm on Saturday.

The Irishman’s departure allowed Chesterfield to bring in Caolan Lavery on loan from Sheffield Wednesday and tie down Mani Dieseruvwe on a permanent deal.

Dieseruvwe had been with the Spireites on loan from Hillsborough in January and featured twice from the substitutes’ bench against Swindon Town and Derby County.

And, during that time, he had done enough to convince Blues boss Paul Cook he was worth persevering with and was handed an 18-month contract at the Proact.

Both he and fellow forward Lavery will be in contention, along with Byron Harrison, to fill the void left by Doyle at Meadow Lane against an out of form Notts.

Mark Duffy joined Chesterfield on loan from Birmingham City and offers an alternative option in midfield, with recent injuries to Dan Gardner and Gary Roberts.

The Spireites staged a spirited comeback against South Yorkshire rivals Doncaster Rovers last weekend and have lost just one from seven in the league of late.

In contrast, Shaun Derry’s Magpies have suffered five defeats in their last seven, most recently at Oldham Athletic, but remain only four points from the play-offs.

Notts were also busy in the January transfer window, bringing in former Borussia Dortmund striker Balint Bajner following his release from Championship side Ipswich Town.

He was one of several signings made by Notts in an attempt to climb the league, which sees 11 teams separated by just four points, with Chesterfield leading the charge.

Last time out

Notts County (4-4-2 v Oldham): Carroll; Dumbuya, Mullins, Hollis, Cranston; Thompson, Thompson, Noble, Hayhurst; Bajner, Woolery

Chesterfield (4-5-1 v Doncaster): Lee; Darikwa, Raglan, Hird, Jones; O’Shea, Ryan, Gardner, Morsy, Clucas; Doyle