Preston are a big test for my team: Sheridan

Switch: Dean Morgan against Stevenage - he is expected to move to midfield tonight.      Picture: Tina Jenner
Switch: Dean Morgan against Stevenage - he is expected to move to midfield tonight. Picture: Tina Jenner
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Spireites want to deny Preston North End their first League One win this evening (7.45pm).

Phil Brown’s Lillywhites were relegated from the Championship last season and are still searching for their first victory in the division, although they did beat Crewe Alexandra 3-2 in the Carling Cup.

Last weekend, they conceded a late equaliser at Scunthorpe United, ex Barnsley man Iain Hume scoring the opener.

North End have been offloading players this summer as they desperately attempt to steady their weakening finances but they remain a team John Sheridan tips to do well.

He said: “They’re a good team, good club, one of my fancied teams this season so it will be a good test for us.

“They’ve not won yet, so they’ll come here and try and win the game. I know Phil Brown well, he’ll have them playing, but hopefully we’ll get a positive result.”

After the battle against Stevenage, when Jack Lester bagged a goal and a point in the seventh minute of additional time, it looks set to be a better quality affair.

However Sheridan knows his side will sometimes have to compromise their beliefs: “Sometimes it’s about grinding out results. I don’t think we’ll score as many goals as we did last season even though we’ll still keep trying to attack teams.

“We’re playing against better teams and better players.”

Simon Ford and Jamie Lowry could come into contention for Spireites after minor injuries.

Mark Randall will probably start in midfield with Derek Niven likely to give way.

Dean Morgan is expected to switch to midfield from attack, with Jordan Bowery set to return to the starting line up with Aaron Downes possibly standing down.

If Downes is left out, Dean Holden will move to centre back and Drew Talbot will play right back.