Chesterfield have sold in the region of 4000 tickets for Sunday lunchtime’s trip to Bramall Lane, writes Phil Tooley.
The size of the following will take the team’s average away attendance this season to over 1000 as Paul Cook’s side has enjoyed a terrific first season back in League One.
The travelling support will almost certainly be the factor that tips Cook’s views into the ‘go for it’ on the day camp rather than the ‘let’s think of the play-offs’ view. A win for the Proact side at Blades will see the team finish fifth and take on Swindon Town in the play-offs.
Development squad player Myles Wright and Aaron Chapman are both out. On-loan Jon Flatt, whose only senior experience was in a five match loan spell at Wrexham last season, could take part after joining from Wolverhampton Wanderers.
To protect Lee and offer Flatt some pitch time could see the stand-in called up though Lee would no doubt want to complete the full set of 46 games.
Right-back Tendayi Darikwa is set to be the club’s first outfield ever-present since Tom Curtis in the Nineties and, like Lee, he’ll be desperate to complete the season having started every league game.
Chapman apart, only Drew Talbot will be unavailable for Cook’s squad, which will almost certainly be lined up in his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation with Dan Gardner and Gboly Ariyibi vying for one of the three attacking midfield spots alongside Jay O’Shea and Gary Roberts.