Spireites boss unfazed by underdog tag for Wembley showdown

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Chesterfield manager John Sheridan heads into tomorrow’s Wembley showdown with Swindon insisting: “We can beat anybody on our day.”

The Robins are the bookmakers’ favourites to win the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final.

Sheridan admits: “They’re winning matches, which is good for any team. People will look at Swindon and fancy them as favourites. I’m pleased with the way we’re playing at the moment and we can beat anyone on our day.

“Swindon may be favourites but that doesn’t bother me in the slightest.

“We need to go there relaxed and, if we do, there’ll be little to choose between the teams.”

Sheridan is conscious that he will have to disappoint some of his players by leaving them out of the team.

One of the certain starters is keeper Tommy Lee, a Wembley loser while on loan at Rochdale four years ago. He said: “It was a good day out but you only really enjoy it if you win. We’ll go full of confidence. They’re a good team but we’re hoping to win.”

Jimmy Juan (ankle) has been back in training for only a couple of days and it will be a surprise if he starts.

On-loan midfielder Franck Moussa has been with the club a matter of days so may may well miss out.

Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio has made two loan signings this week, Barnsley defender Jay McEveley and Spurs’ ex-Owls loan midfielder, John Bostock, whose last match for Wednesday was in the defeat at the B2net. Both are both eligible but could be overlooked.

Di Canio will be without cup-tied John Tehoue and Luke Rooney.Winger Matt Ritchie and striker Paul Benson could be the main threats.

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