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28 December 2019 16:36

John Sheridan Chesterfield F.C. Guiseley AFC

FC Halifax Town face a Chesterfield side on Saturday who will look to sit back and hit The Shaymen on the break, according to Liam Norcliffe from the Derbyshire Times. Chesterfield are 22nd in the National League, three points from safety, and go into the game on the back of a 2-2 home draw with Solihull Moors on Boxing Day. Here, Liam gives us the lowdown on the team and their season so far. They didn't win a game in the league until the 11th attempt and although results picked up in October they returned to their poor showings again in November and December. Manager John Sheridan still does not know his best starting line-up which he says is because no one is really making themselves undroppable. The win at Torquay was their first in nine in all competitions which was a massive result for Sheridan.

Sheridan was given a three-year contract when he was re-appointed as manager last January and so questions remain whether or not the current owner, Dave Allen, is willing to fork out more money on paying another manager off when he is trying to sell the club. There is also an argument that Sheridan would be the kind of manager you would appoint if struggling towards the bottom of the league given his record at his previous clubs. The possible takeover is their main focus given the feeling towards the current owner but results on the field are not helping the atmosphere around the club. How have ex Halifax players Tom Denton, Scott Boden and Mike Fondop done this season - are they likely to play at The Shay? Both Scott Boden and Mike Fondop have nine league goals each which is not a bad return for a struggling side.

Denton was a big factor in Chesterfield turning around their form at the start of the season. The Spireites' first win of the season came on his first start of the campaign. Sheridan played 4-3-3 against Torquay on Saturday with Fondop the main striker, while Boden and Denton had to settle for a place on the bench. At least one of them will start against Halifax but Sheridan quite often springs a surprise in his selection so we will have to wait and see. What is Chesterfield's style of play - what can Halifax expect to come up against?

At the start of the season Sheridan wanted to play free flowing attacking football and although Sheridan will still want his team to be on the front foot I would imagine Chesterfield will be cautious against Halifax and look to make things difficult for the hosts and play on the counter-attack. That would definitely be seen as a good result depending on how the game pans out. John Sheridan believes Chesterfield will have a good chance of beating FC Halifax Town on Saturday if they can perform to the same level as they did against Solihull Moors. Halifax were thrashed 5-1 at Stockport County but Sheridan says that will count for nothing tomorrow. "It does not matter no, someone can get beat 5-0 in this league and go and win 5-0 in the next game, it is so inconsistent it is unbelievable," Sheridan said. "We know we can go and win at Halifax but we have got to turn up and I think a performance like today (against Solihull) will give us a good chance of winning. Jack Mckay went off at half-time with a sickness bug and all three will be assessed ahead of Saturday. "It is part and parcel I won't make excuses about it, it just gives other people an opportunity," Sheridan said. Chesterfield make the short trip to The Shay to take on FC Halifax Town on Saturday. Pete Wild's men have fallen out of the play-off positions and down to 10th after no wins in their last seven league games. The form guide doesn't look great for Halifax, what explanation can you offer for their recent run of results? The form of the team doesn't look good however you look at it. Two wins from 13 is poor form in anyone's book. Delve a little deeper and there are some good results and performances in there, such as the draw at Harrogate and the win over Wrexham, but Town aren't playing anywhere near as well as they were in the first two months of the season. How are Halifax fans feeling about their season so far? FC Halifax Town manager Pete Wild. I think overall they are delighted with where the club is in the league, but they are concerned by the team's form at the moment and want to see it turned around before they lose any more ground on the pacesetters. What's manager Pete Wild had to say about their poor form? He's been very honest over the last few weeks and said performances haven't been good enough after certain games. But he has also defended his side when he has felt they have played well and not got the results their performances have merited. He has said himself he is a glass-half-full person so isn't getting too downhearted about the form and is focusing on the next game and trying to get back to winning ways. I think there is plenty of realism and pragmatism at the club in that they know it's a tough league, they know they don't have the biggest budget and they know that they are probably where they deserve to be overall at this stage of the season. But they would probably add that the league has been so unpredictable this season, with everyone beating everyone at some stage, that you just can't tell what is going to happen next and there's no one team running away with the league this year by the look of it. Are any of Halifax's players in form at the moment despite the results? The absence of Jack Redshaw due to a stomach bug against Notts County was particularly frustrating given he had scored twice against Wrexham in the previous game. Cameron King and Liam McAlinden were both key players for Town during their impressive early season form, but they have both been subdued in recent weeks, which has coincided with the form of the team dropping off.