CHESTERFIELD start the defence of their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tonight at home to Oldham Athletic without Craig Westcarr.
Tommy Wright’s side take on the Latics, his former club, whom the Spireites beat in the two-legged Northern Final to reach Wembley last season, at 7pm and striker Westcarr is missing after being sent off at Gillingham last weekend.
Westcarr, who opened the scoring against the Gills, was given his marching orders after picking up a second yellow card for time wasting late on.
The forward, who grabbed the second of Chesterfield’s two goals in their final success over Swindon Town last March, has questioned his dimissal, saying: “When you’re going through one-on-one and it’s in the last minute of the game, you’re always going to have a shot.
“Obviously I’ve put it wide and before I knew the ref was running towards me and I was thinking, ‘What’s going on here’.
“He wasn’t even going to send me off, but he realised I had already been booked so he showed me a red card. It didn’t really make sense.
“I’m very pleased with the performance and I’m glad we can come to places like this and match them.”
Westcarr is suspended and and left-back Nathan Smith (ankle) for the game, so veteran striker Jack Lester looks set for his first start of the season.
One man who will be desperate to start is defender Neal Trotman, who missed out last season having played for Rochdale in the first round to render him cup-tied. He said: “It was unfortunate not to have been able to have played in the final, but at least we won it; everyone wants to play at Wembley. I definitely want to get there again.”
Looking back on the 1-1 draw at Gillingham, he added: “We played really well from keeper to the strikers, we were unlucky not to win, their keeper was the man of the match, he did good.”
Wright was unable to bring any new faces in ahead of the trip to Kent but he’s hoping to bring in new faces before the visit to York at the weekend. He said: “I can assure the fans that I’m trying really hard to bring in some new players that will excite them. I want to bring width and pace into the team.
“I’ve spoken to Franck Moussa, he’s without a club but he’s waiting to see if anything better comes along. I’ll give him another ring this week and he says if nothing better comes along, he’ll come to us.”
Oldham, who won for the first time this season at troubled Portsmouth 1-0 thanks to a freak goal from ex-Spireite Jonathan Grounds, will be without suspended defender Cliff Byrne.