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John Sheridan is predicting another tricky encounter at Sincil Bank tomorrow.

With just one loss in eight, Steve Tilson’s Lincoln City have transformed themselves from relegation fodder to play-off outsiders and Spireites manager Sheridan is under no illusions at the size of the task facing his side.

“They are all tough games, it doesn’t matter who you play,” he said. “Lincoln are on a very good run, they’re a good side, then we have to go to Bradford for the following game.

“I had a points tally in mind for the four away games. We’ve got one now; we’re off to a start. Hopefully we can now go on and get the points I want and if we do we’ll be in a very healthy position.”

Jack Lester (virus) and Drew Talbot (foot) both missed the midweek draw at Bury but could be back. Kieran Djilali came off towards the end of the game suffering from cramp but is expected to be passed fit to play.

Sheridan will want one of them to replace Deane Smalley, suspended for one game after his red card on Tuesday.

Dwayne Mattis (calf) looks set to miss out again and Dean Morgan (ankle) is still a way away from a return.

Sheridan reflected on the hard-fought draw at Gigg Lane and added: “It was a tough game but we hung on and got a result that sees them make no ground on us. We showed a bit of character and we battled. The endeavour was there.”

With just one win in seven, Sheridan is appealing to fans not to panic. “We’re Chesterfield, not Barcelona. Wycombe are losing games, Stockport did the double over Bury. I just want people to stay with us,” he said.