The Spireites will be hoping to make it three consecutive league victories when they host Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday, kick-off 3pm. Here is our big match preview for the game….
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John Sheridan confirmed that there are no fresh injury concerns heading into Saturday’s fixture, however, the manager admitted that Jerome Binnom-Williams may struggle to be fully fit before the end of the campaign.
“He’s out for about five to six weeks and that was said two weeks ago so he might possibly get a game or be available before,” he said.
The Manager – Peter Taylor
The former winger, who made four caps for England, began his managerial career in 1986 with Dartford after a 19-year playing career. Taylor played for clubs such as Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace, before taking up the role as player-manager at Dartford.
Taylor was then appointed manager at Southend United but left for Dover just two years later. Despite only being at ‘The Whites’ for a year, Taylor was given the England U21 managers job, winning 11 out of his 15 games in charge.
In 1999, he went back to club management and spent a year in charge at Gillingham. His first spell at the club only lasted one season, reaching the FA Cup quarter-finals and gaining promotion to Division One.
Leicester City was Taylor’s next club, and he spent over a year there. Whilst at ‘The Foxes’ he was appointed England caretaker manager, as England lost 1-0 to Italy. He gave David Beckham the England captaincy for the very first time.
He then guided Brighton to a Division Two title in 2002 and went on to manage a Hull City team who went onto capture back-to-back promotions, going all the way from Division Three to the Championship.
After being in charge of the England U21 side for the second time between 2004 and 2007, he had spells at Crystal Palace, Stevenage, and Wycombe Wanderers.
In 2010 he was appointed as manager of Bradford City, but after just a short time at ‘The Bantams’, he surprisingly became the boss of the Bahrain national team.
After just under two years in Bahrain, Taylor then took charge of the England U20 side before heading back to Gillingham.
His second spell with ‘The Gills’ lasted just one year. Taylor then went back to Asia, this time taking the manager’s job at Indian Super League franchise Kerala Blasters. He spent just five months there and then had a break from management. He returned to management just under a year later, to become the New Zealand national team assistant manager.
He came back to Gillingham as Director of Football, eventually becoming interim manager in 2017, but he left both roles in October 2017.
He took charge at Dagenham in June last year and has guided them to 17th place in the National League table.
One to watch - Conor Wilkinson
The former Republic of Ireland U21 international started his career as a youth player at Millwall, where he spent three years before signing for fellow Championship side Bolton Wanderers.
While at Bolton, the forward started four times in the Championship and had loan spells at Oldham Athletic and Barnsley, where he won promotion to the Championship through the play-offs.
The striker also had a short loan stint at Chesterfield in 2016, scoring four goals in 12 appearances for the Spireites.
After his loan spell at Chesterfield, Wilkinson made a permanent move to Gillingham in the summer of 2017.
He spent a season at the Priestfield Stadium before he was loaned out to Dagenham, and the 24-year-old signed an 18-month deal shortly after.
He has featured several times for the Republic of Ireland’s youth teams at U17, U19, and U21 level.
The forward has netted eleven goals so far this campaign, so the Spireites will have to keep a close eye on Dagenham’s top scorer.
Head to head
The Spireites have come up against Saturday's opponents a total of eleven times, winning three, losing three, and drawing five. The last time the two sides met was earlier in the season, where a Curtis Weston goal was cancelled out by a late Dagenham equaliser.
From the dugout
John Sheridan: “Dagenham are a team that can be as good as anyone in the league on their day. That’s how this division is. Anyone can beat anyone on the day and it’s just that bit of consistency that you need in your game.”
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