Chesterfield begin their defence of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy against Oldham Athletic on Tuesday night, in a repeat of last year's area final. Jack Lester's goal two minutes from time at Boundary Park booked the Spireites' passage to Wembley courtesy of a 3-1 aggregate win, after John Sheridan's side withstood long periods of pressure from the Latics.
The former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder was relieved of his duties as manager last week, following a disappointing start to life back in the basement division. Town have yet to clinch their first victory in League Two, having picked up just three points from an available 12 but caretaker manager Tommy Wright got his tenure off to a positive start after a hard-fought draw with table-topping Gillingham on Saturday.
Oldham, meanwhile, have also got off to a slow start to their League One campaign, having won just once so far this season. Paul Dickov's side clinched their first win with an impressive 1-0 victory at Fratton Park courtesy of Jonathan Grounds strike, after having lost two and drawn one so far.
Team News –
Caretaker manager Tommy Wright will be without forward Craig Westcarr, after the 27-year-old was dismissed at Priestfield following his 13th minute opener for two bookable offences. The former Notts County man replaced the outgoing Jordan Bowery, who joined Aston Villa on deadline day for an undisclosed fee, and talisman Jack Lester will be pushing for a start for the visit of the Latics.
Craig Clay was introduced as a second-half substitute in Kent, but was forced off after a matter of minutes after sustaining a head injury. On loan Huddersfield youngster Liam Ridehalgh replaced Nathan Smith and is likely to retain his place, after the latter flared up a recurring ankle injury in training and will be forced to see the specialist.
20-year-old defender Connor Brown was handed his first start by Latics boss Paul Dickov for the long trip to Hampshire, at the expense of James Tarkowski who dropped to the bench. The youngster, who was on loan at Hinckley United last season, was employed at right-back with Cliff Byrne moving inside and is likely to retain his place after keeping a clean sheet against Pompey.
The former Scunthorpe man, however, was controversially dismissed following an altercation with Jordan Obita in the 1-0 win and will suspended for the trip to Derbyshire.
Dickov's only other change from the defeat against Stevenage was the reintroduction of striker Jordan Slew, who replaced Carl Winchester after making his comeback from a back strain. But the 19-year-old, on loan from Blackburn Rovers, was forced off after just 23 minutes and is doubtful for the trip to the Proact Stadium.
Last Time Out –
Gillingham 1-1 Chesterfield (Westcarr 13; Kedwell 20)
Chesterfield (4-2-3-1) - Lee; Forbes, Trotman, Hird (c), Ridehalgh; Allott (Clay 72 (Randall 78)), Togwell; Talbot, Whitaker, Westcarr; Richards (Lester 88).
Portsmouth 0-1 Oldham Athletic (Grounds 59)
Oldham (4-4-2) - Cisak; Brown, Byrne, M'voto, Grounds; Croft, Furman, M'Changama, Montano; Simpson, Slew.
One to Watch -
South African midfielder Dean Furman began his professional career under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, before moving north of the border to join Glasgow giants Rangers. However, the 24-year-old made just one appearance for the Gers against Dundee United, before moving to Bradford City on loan under Stuart McCall. He made his debut for the Bantams as a late substitute in a 3-2 defeat against Aldershot Town, before pulling his hamstring after just 12 games at Valley Parade.
After returning to Ibrox at the end of the season, he was offered a one-year deal in Scotland but agreed to join the Latics in 2009, penning a three-year contract. His effort against Notts County was voted Football League Goal of the Year in 2011, before Paul Dickov handed him the captain's armband at Boundary Park at the start of the current campaign. Furman was also called up to represent his national side against Australia in 2008, but was an unused substitute.
Ticket Information -
Tickets for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy first round tie against Oldham Athletic are now on sale to season ticket and loyalty card holders, with general sale commencing on Friday, August 24.
The match will take place on Tuesday, September 4 (KO 7pm) at the Proact Stadium.
The admission details for this fixture are as follows:
£1 Under 14
Supporters can purchase ticket at the Proact Stadium ticket office, by phone, 01246 488232, or online.