Owls loanee Caolon Lavery has surely done enough to maintain his starting place for tonight’s home game against fourth placed Preston North End.
The 22-year-old claimed a freak debut goal, the only one at Notts County at the weekend, a result that’s consolidated Spireites’ fifth place in the table. The Canadian striker said of his goal, off a Haydn Hollis 30 yard backpass: “The manager had said to keep working hard and I’d get my chance and luckily the defender cleared it off me and went in. Chasing lost causes is what my game’s all about, put defenders under pressure and hope to get the bounce.”
With two home games this week, Chesterfield will be looking for more victories to maintain their coveted slot. Lavery added: “Every game’s a cup final now and Preston’s a very big one for us as we look to cement our place in the play-off spots. The lads are buzzing after going to Notts County and getting a good result.”
Paul Cook is unlikely to make any significant team changes. Ian Evatt, recalled for the game at Meadow Lane, will try and keep former Chesterfield hero Kevin Davies at bay; “We’ve had many battles over the years,” said Evatt.
Their last head to heads came in 2010-11 when Davies scored but Evatt’s Blackpool won 4-3 and in the reverse fixture at Bolton, Evatt scored in a 2-2 draw.
Preston, whose next match is against Manchester United in the FA Cup 5th Round, could give a start to Joe Garner who’s recovered from injury.