Smalley out for Spireites

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John Sheridan will be without raider Deane Smalley for the trip to Lincoln City on Saturday.

Two yellow cards in the draw at Bury means the 22-year-old will be suspended for one game and his manager refused to pull any punches when asked about the dismissal: “I’m very disappointed, it’s his own fault, it was stupidity, I’m not going to defend him in any way. He’s a silly boy, shouldn’t have done it, kicking a ball away and then pulling the lad back in a silly area.”

He heaped more praise on Kieran Djilali after the first game of his second loan spell from Crystal Palace. A touch of cramp right at the end of the game saw him leave the field but Sheridan commented: “He’s an exciting player, we saw little glimpses of him, he’ll settle in and do well for us. He’ll give us a bit of a lift because he’ll run at people.”

Sheridan was also delighted to see striker Craig Davies score his first goal since New Year’s Day: “I’m very pleased he scored, he played really well, worked his socks off. That’s what I get from him and because of his work rate he’ll get his rewards.

“Hopefully he can now start and do what he was doing at the start of the season. He was the best player in the division a month ago, he’s not turned into a bad player, so we need to stick with him and I’m very pleased he got the goal. He was putting the defender under pressure, he made a mistake and Craig punished him.”

Lincoln, with just one loss in eight, earned a midweek draw at Aldershot after being two down. Ashley Grimes, 12 goals in his last 14 appearances, scored the equaliser.