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Port Vale Vs Chesterfield, Tue 9 Feb 2010

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Port Vale manager Micky Adams is likely to make changes to his starting XI against Chesterfield after Saturday's 1-0 defeat at local rivals Burton.

The Valiants slumped to their first loss in seven against Albion and presented Adams with the opportunity to freshen things up having seen his charges earn their right to play of late.

"I said to the players after the (Burton) game that we go back to square one now," he said. "Generally, I try to stick with the lads who have done the business.

"And all that happens when you lose a game of football is that it's your right and prerogative as manager to change the side as you see fit."

Forward Lewis Haldane returns after serving a one-match suspension and he may well be thrown back into the mix at the first time of asking, with Rob Taylor the man brought in to replace him at the Pirelli Stadium.

Veteran striker Geoff Horsfield enjoyed a late cameo having recovered from a hamstring injury but he should only find himself on the bench again. Midfielder Doug Loft will also be hoping to regain his spot among the substitutes after a slight hamstring problem of his own.

Chesterfield will welcome Frankie Artus back from suspension for the clash.

The on-loan Bristol City midfielder has completed a one-match ban following his sending off in the 1-0 win at Morecambe.

Wade Small should retain his place in the squad after recovering from a knee injury in time to be an unused substitute in last weekend's 2-1 win over Lincoln.

But the game is likely to come too soon for Drew Talbot (ankle), while fellow striker Jack Lester is set to see a consultant this week as he continues to battle against a knee problem.

TJ Moncur, who joined the club on non-contract terms last week, will be pushing to make his debut as the Spireites look to extend their two-match unbeaten run.

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