Match preview: Chesterfield v Morecambe

Chesterfield v Oldham......Marc Richards
Chesterfield v Oldham......Marc Richards

MARC Richards is in a race to be fit for Saturday’s clash with Morecambe.

The striker tweaked his hamstring just before half time in Chesterfield’s 3-0 defeat away to Southend on December 21.

He missed the Spireites’ 3-0 win over York City on Boxing Day but has been running over the festive period.

Assistant manager Tommy Wright said there’s a possibility he could feature at the weekend.

He said: “He’s got a chance. He never pulled is hamstring at Southend but he felt it tighten up and we thought with it being a heavy pitch and the Christmas period coming up it would be better to bring him off.

“He was stiff for the first two days after Southend but he’s done a bit of running and there’s every chance he could be involved.”

Jack Lester will miss his third and final game through suspension after being shown a straight red late on in the draw with Burton Albion.

Scott Boden was on the bench against York while Chesterfield may opt to stick with the front pairing of Luis Boa Morte and Jay O’Shea.

The visitors

Morecambe visit the Proact on Saturday on the back of a 1-0 away defeat to rivals Fleetwood.

Jim Bentley’s side are languishing in 17th spot in the table and have gone six games without a win on their league travels.

The Shrimps have adopted a 4-3-3 formation this term and boast an attacking threat in the experienced Kevin Ellison, who has 10 goals to his name this season.

A goal either side of half time gave Morecambe a 2-0 win over Tommy Wright’s Chesterfield in early October.

Wright said prior to Saturday’s game: “They’ll try and nick a goal but if you get the first goal the game opens up and that suits us.

“If the opposition get the first goal they can stay in there, stay compact and it’s difficult.

“They can be physical but if you don’t get involved in the physical battle and you move the ball quickly we can hurt them.

“We need to be strong, we need to be brave and we need to pass the ball quickly to set a high tempo.”

One to watch

The last time Morecambe won away from home was against Rochdale on October 13. Jack Redshaw got the goals that day and the 22-year-old striker has proven to be quite a handful this term, bagging nine goals.

Redshaw came through the ranks at Manchester City before he was released without making a first team appearance.

He spent time with Rochdale and Altrincham before being snapped up by Morecambe in January 2012.

Head to head

A goal either side of half time gave Morecambe a 2-0 win over Tommy Wright’s Chesterfield in early October.

The Spireites have beaten the Shrimps just once in 10 meetings, having lost four and drawn five.

But Paul Cook’s men go into the game full of confidence having won five of their previous seven games in League Two.

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