Spireites boss Paul Cook insists that promotion is still within his sights this season. He said: "My job is to get this club promoted this season and anyone who think we're writing this season off is in for a very rude awakening.
"We see teams above us that we all feel we're better than but, unfortunately, the league table doesn't tell lies. With 17 games to go, I want to reassure our supporters that we have a desire to get promoted.
"It's not me trying to be clever and saying that we're going to do this and that because we might lose four games on the spin but we've got a desire to be where our supporters want us to be."
The Spireites travel to Rochdale on Saturday and Cook acknowledges that the return of Keith Hill as manager of the Lancashire club adds an extra dimension to the fixture but he points out that he and his staff have prepared thoroughly for the match. "I do think with it being Keith's first home game, they'll want to win and rightly so," he said.
"We've spent the week going over the game against Southend and how we can do better. I'm really pleased with how we're training. We're fully aware of every Rochdale player and what they'll do. Whatever they put up, we know about."
Drew Talbot is still missing as he recovers from a broken bone in his foot but Cook reveals that he is making good progress. "The likelihood is that Drew will be available for selection for the Wimbledon match, which will be great," he added.