Fans flock to Spireites’ Vale showdown

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Tickets are selling well for Chesterfield’s home game against play-off-chasers Port Vale on Saturday.

Vale are certain to bring a decent following. They are the division’s best-supported team away from home this season with an average following of close to 1,000.

Whilst the game is unlikely to match the 10,000 crowd at the Spireites last home game, the 5-0 win over Rotherham United, it is likely to generate more than the 7,864 that saw the Burton game back in November, the previous seasonal high.

John Sheridan will again have a selection headache, of the right sort. His squad is so strong throughout, the likes of Jamie Lowry and Scott Boden didn’t even make the bench for the 2-2 draw at Barnet.

Home star Jack Lester, who has started every home game this season but hasn’t been in an away starting 11 in almost three months, will return.

On-loan Kieran Djilali is the most likely man to step aside.

The manager is unlikely to risk Simon Ford (calf) who is fit again but lacking pitch time after five weeks out, so Dean Holden and Gregor Robertson look set to retain the central defensive berths they’ve filled with distinction.

Chesterfield drew 1-1 at Vale back in August. Striker Marc Richards was Vale’s star that day and only when he went off with a slight injury did the Spireites begin to look capable of finding any reward.

Leading Spireites scorer Craig Davies missed that game through suspension, so he will be desperate to play well against the side where he had an impressive spell on loan last season.