The Derbyshire Times report that a formation change was behind Joe Rowley’s omission from Chesterfield’s starting line-up for Sunday’s defeat by Grimsby.

The 19-year-old midfielder was in and out of the team at the start of the season, but had played every minute of Town’s 12-game unbeaten run leading up to the FA Cup clash.

And in the three games prior to the Mariners’ visit to the Proact he’d worn the captain’s armband.

After the 2-0 loss Martin Allen praised Rowley’s contribution from the bench but said it was a tactical decision to leave him out at the start.

“We changed our formation to play at home, went 4-4-2 with two wide players to push up onto their back four, two central midfield players with experience, pace and tenacity,” he said. “We made some good opportunities with Alex (Kiwomya) playing much wider.

“With Alex playing wider it was hard to get Joe in.”

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