Sheridan faces defence dilemmas

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JOHN Sheridan heads towards tonight’s game at Bradford with possible defence problems as he bids to build on Saturday’s 2-0 win at Lincoln.

The Spireites manager hopes that Mark Allott (ankle), Javan Vidal (virus), and Dwayne Mattis (calf) will be fit after missing the trip to Sincil Bank.

Simon Ford (knee) started the game but was withdrawn with less than half an hour played and looks unlikely to be fit for tonight. That means that centre-half will be the toughest area to fill. Ian Breckin and Dean Holden played there for the bulk of the game at Lincoln and they could continue, but another option is a first league start of the season for Rob Page.

If Vidal fails to recover, right-back will also be a problem position.

Drew Talbot covered there after Holden took over Ford’s role. Jamie Lowry, a late sub last Saturday, could be drafted in to start there after 16 months without a first-team spot, owing to injury.

Deane Smalley will be available after suspension and he looks set to partner the rejuvenated Craig Davies up front.

Midfielder Ian Morris will be disappointed if he does not get the nod to start after his Man of the Match showing at Lincoln, but Danny Whitaker could come in for Derek Niven.

No Spireites team has ever beaten a team managed by Taylor.

A win would work wonders for Chesterfield’s promotion aspirations, as neither second-placed Shrewsbury nor third-placed Rotherham are in action. Fourth-placed Wycombe host Burton.

Bradford have won only once in their last eight games and lost 2-1 to Port Vale last Friday.