Spireites seek reserves boost

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CHESTERFIELD, after four league defeats on the trot, will be hoping some of their players returning from injury perform well in a reserves friendly this afternoon.

Boss John Sheridan has lined up a game at Derby County’s training ground that will see Dwayne Mattis, Jamie Lowry and Derek Niven all stake their claims for a return to the first 11 after injuries. Niven has appeared in two recent second-string games with the other two having made one such appearance.

Additionally, with young Leicester City keeper Adam Smith’s loan having ended, the manager will be hoping to get the all-clear to play Tommy Lee, who’s been out for a month with a groin strain.

Substitutes from Saturday Danny Whitaker and Jordan Bowery will be hoping for a recall as will defender Simon Ford, who’s knee and thigh have been causing concern of late.

Chesterfield, who host Hartlepool United on Saturday, haven’t lost five straight league games since 2007 and Sheridan, as a manager, never has. But there needs to be a big improvement on the performance, from the first half in particular, from the Notts County defeat last weekend.

Hartlepool, under Mick Wadsworth, made an unbeaten start to the season before losing to Sheffield Wednesday and they too have forgotten how to accumulate points, having lost their last three games in League One.