Sheridan focuses on different kind of Cup competition

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With no match tomorrow after being knocked out of the FA Cup by League Two Torquay United, all Spireites’ eyes are focused on Tuesday night’s Johnstone’s match at Preston North End.

The Northern semi-final, which equals Chesterfield’s best ever return in this competition, with tickets priced at just £5, will attract a decent crowd.

Phil Brown’s North End, like John Sheridan’s team, have been struggling to pick up points in the league, though they ended a two month winless run in midweek with a win at Hartlepool United. Former Owl Neil Mellor bagged the winner after four games in which the team failed to score.

Both of cash-strapped Preston’s previous JPT matches have ended in draws, 2-2 at Morecambe and 1-1 at Rochdale but the Lilywhites were shoot-out winners on each occasion. Tuesday’s hosts won 2-0 at the B2net in August with an impressive show that started them on a 21 points from 21 available run.

But since then their form has been poor and they’ve slumped from second place to lower mid-table.

Chesterfield hope defender Gregor Robertson and keeper Tommy Lee will be fit enough to be considered for selection.

Robertson has featured in a couple of reserves games after recovering from an achilles injury but Lee has yet to play after tearing a groin muscle in the 1-0 win over Bury in mid-September. Spireites haven’t kept a clean sheet since then.