Spireites sweat over Ridehalgh

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CHESTERFIELD look to inflict more misery on Preston North End tonight.

The Lilywhites lost 3-0 at Colchester United at the weekend, meaning manager Graham Westley has tasted victory just once since leaving Stevenage.

Chesterfield have already drawn at Deepdale this season, and they went on to win on penalties in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Boss John Sheridan will be hoping left back Liam Ridehalgh shakes off a dead-leg he picked up in the 1-0 win against Tranmere Rovers on Saturday. Nathan Smith will replace him if not.

Drew Talbot and Mark Allott both played the full 90 minutes but both have had minor injuries and limited training in recent weeks but should be available for selection.

Gregor Robertson (hamstring) is still a week away from returning to training, as is Jimmy Juan (ankle). However, right-back James Hurst was back in training yesterday after an ankle problem but this game will come too quickly for him.

With a trip to Stevenage following on Saturday, it’s bound to be a tough and very physical week for the relegation threatened Spireites. Sheridan said: “They’re games that we can go and win. The team I’ll pick for Tuesday will be a team I think can win the game and the same for the following game after that.

“We need to win games; it’s very tight at the bottom. It’s important we stay close to other teams but we need concentrate on ourselves.”

Weekend hero Jordan Bowery added: “It’s buzzing in the dressing room and we’re looking forward to the games on Tuesday and Saturday. Preston are a good side. We won at their place on penalties, so anything can happen.”

Midfielder David Davis has been recalled by parent club Wolves. He’ll be replaced in the line-up by Jamie Lowry.