Make-do and mend

fp91522 Chesterfield V Preston
fp91522 Chesterfield V Preston

French winger Alex Mendy looks set to join Chesterfield FC in time for Saturday’s League One clash at MK Dons.

Mendy, 27, has been on trial with the Spireites since last week and the deal is subject to a club medical and the player receiving international clearance.

New Chesterfield FC signing Alex Mendy

New Chesterfield FC signing Alex Mendy

Manager John Sheridan is hoping the 6ft 3in wide player, who has also been on trial with Leeds United, can be included after his team has gained just one point from three games so far,

After watching his side fall to a 2-0 home defeat at the B2net on Tuesday, Sheridan said: “Mendy is a big lad who will give us balance. He’s done well at Leeds and has been playing in the Czech premier league for the last five years. If everything goes through, Mendy will be involved on Saturday.’’

The versatile Mendy, who can also play as an attacking central midfield player or a forward, was born in Paris and began his career for Versailles. Since 2007 he has been with Czech team Mladá Boleslav where he made 136 appearances and helped them with the Czech Republic Cup last season.

Sheridan confirmed that he is still aiming to sign ‘another three or four players’ to help his squad cope with the demands of life in League One.

And despite the defeat against an experienced Preston outfit, the Blues boss praised him men.

He said: “They were two divisions above us last season and are one of the fancied sides in the division. For us the endeavour was there and we worked hard to get back into the game, which was very pleasing for me.

“Their second goal killed us as a team. We did not work their keeper as much as I would have liked, we did not have a cutting edge and their forwards were the difference between the two teams.

“Everyone can see are a bit shirt. We tried hard but huffed and puffed.’’

The defeat against Preston came after Chesterfield draw 1-1 with Stevenage on Saturday.

The Hertfordshire side took a first half lead and it took until the final minute of time added on for veteran striker Jack Lester to earn the Blues a point when he headed home a Dean Morgan cross.

Lester was pleased with his goal and said: “I came close in the first half when I hit the post but I could not quite get the angle. It’s a relief to get one later on to make up for it.

“We were the better football team. There are always one or two teams who are a surprise and we may be one of them.’’

Meanwhile, Sheridan is keeping a positive frame of mind for Saturday’s match at Milton Keynes.

“I will keep working hard with the players I have and we will try and get some points,’’ he said.

Match reports: pages 86 and 87.

Picture captions:

Blues striker Jack Lester battles for possession with Preston defender Clarke Carlisle. FP91522. Photograph by Bernard Jones.

NEW BOY: French winger Alex Mendy. Photograph by Tina Jenner.

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