Accrington v Chesterfield preview
Last Updated: 05/01/18 10:06am
Accrington could hand an English Football League debut to defender Jimmy Dunne after he arrived on loan from Burnley for the rest of the season.
The 20-year-old is yet to make his senior bow for the Clarets and spent the first half of the season with Vanarama National League outfit Barrow. The Irishman can play anywhere across the back four and Stanley boss John Coleman will put him straight into the matchday squad.
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Club captain Seamus Conneely, Jordan Thorniley (both groin) and Erico Sousa (ankle) have all been absent of late and face a race to prove their fitness.
Chesterfield defender Scott Wiseman is suspended again after he was sent off during the defeat at Coventry on Monday. It was Wiseman's third red card of the season and he will serve a two-match ban this time.
The Spireites' problems at centre-half continue with the news this week that Sam Hird (thigh) will be out for up to three months. He joins Ian Evatt (knee) on the sidelines and Evatt may not play again this season as he requires surgery.
Given such issues, Blues boss Jack Lester has signed Sid Nelson on loan from Millwall and he is likely to make his debut against Stanley. Midfielder Josh Kay and forward Zavon Hines have also been signed this week and could be involved on Saturday. Striker Gozie Ugwu is training again after injury while defender Bradley Barry (hamstring) is also nearing a return.
Stanley have won three consecutive meetings with Chesterfield in all competitions, scoring nine goals in that time.
Chesterfield have never won away at Accrington Stanley in the Football League (P6 W0 D1 L5), avoiding defeat just once, a 2-2 draw in January 2011.
No side in League Two has scored more penalties than Accrington Stanley this season (five), including three in their last four matches; all five have been netted by Billy Kee.
In fact, Kee has been directly involved in 20 league goals this season (14 goals, six assists), more than any other player in the fourth-tier of English football.
The Spireites haven't won any of their last eight away games in all competitions (D2 L6), losing each of the last four whilst scoring just one goal.