Danny Wilson believes Byron Harrison has a role to play for the Spireites between now and the end of the season.
Harrison has seen his first team opportunities limited at the Proact Stadium but is very much within the new Chesterfield manager’s thoughts for the second half of the campaign.
The striker had a cameo appearance off the bench in the morale-boosting win over Shrewsbury Town and went on to score a brace of goals in the reserves against Notts County midweek.
Now the 28-year-old, whose 14 appearances for the Spireites have largely come from the substitutes’ bench following his move from Cheltenham Town in January 2015, is back ‘in the fold’.
Wilson said: “He has got another chance. I don’t know what the reasons were before but he’d been away from the first team environment and from a confidence point of view that will effect any player.
“We’ve brought him back in to the fold. When I watched him the other day in the reserves game against Notts County there was a lot there that tells me he’s going to be a valuable member of the squad between now and the end of the season.
“The two goals he took were very accomplished finishes so overall he’d not done himself any harm at all. He’s trained very well since I’ve been here. His attitude has been very good. I can’t ask any more from these players.”
While Chesterfield were savouring seven goals against the Shrews, this Saturday’s opponents Rochdale beat high-flying Walsall 3-0 on the road in a result that will surely instil confidence.
“Both are going in to the game full of confidence,” said Wilson. “Anyone who goes away to Walsall and comes away with a win in these last few seasons can pat themselves on the back for a good performance and that’s the reports we’ve had.
“I’ve not shown the players the reports because it’ll frighten the life out of them.
“At Spotland it’ll always be tough, they’ve always had a very strong record at home and Keith’s an experienced manager so he will know the ins and the outs of this game. We’ve got some renewed confidence so let’s hope we get a result again.”
And added: “Rochdale put them under severe pressure, scored from a mistake and then after that the other team are chasing the game and got picked off. Reports I’ve had have said it was a good overall performance from their point of view.
“If you allow them the time and space to show us what they’ve got in the locker then they will hurt us. We’ve got to be respectful to them and they’ve got to be respectful to us. We’ve got some good players in our set up as well.
“They will have reports done on us from last week and they will try to negate our threats. It’s a finely balanced game in my opinion.”