CHESTERFIELD host Tranmere Rovers tonight looking to overcome the Merseysiders’ for the first time ever in a knockout competition.
In half a dozen previous cup meetings, Chesterfield have managed two draws but have lost four times, most recently in the FA Cup in 2007 when Rovers won 2-1 at Saltergate.
This will be the first meeting of the sides in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy though they did meet in a predecessor tournament, the Football League Trophy in 1982 when Danny Wilson scored in a 1-1 away draw in a mini-league.
Boss John Sheridan has stated that this is a competition he wants to win so he’s expected to name a reasonably strong side. The 3-1 win at Notts County in the last round is Chesterfield’s only win in their last 9 games, so the manager will see this game as a vehicle to turn the season around.
He’ll be without the cup-tied Neal Trotman so Aaron Downes, who played at Notts, will be hoping for a recall. Jonathan Grounds, who missed the weekend draw with Yeovil Town with a foot injury could also be recalled.
Drew Talbot, absent on Saturday to be with his partner in the maternity ward, is expected to return after missing his first game of the season and Dean Morgan (virus) should also be available. Mark Randall (back) returned to training on Monday and is another hoping to start.
One man almost certain to start is 20 year old striker Jordan Bowery. Three of his seven career goals have come in this competition .
Bolton Wanderers winger Tope Obadeyi has joined Chesterfield on six weeks loan until Christmas.
The 22-year-old former England U20 man penned a one-year contract extension at the Reebok this summer and has impressed for the second string so far. The move will be Obadeyi’s fourth loan spell during his time with the club, having enjoyed stints with Swindon, Rochdale and Shrewsbury.
He is expected to go straight into Spireites squad.