Guy quiet on selection shouts

Tom Craddock. Picture: Joe Pepler
Tom Craddock. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Guy Whittingham is staying tight-lipped on his Chesterfield selection conundrums.

The Pompey boss has a host of tough calls as his side gear up to take on Paul Cook’s in-form outfit at Fratton Park tomorrow.

The Blues will be without Marcos Painter for the clash at Fratton Park after he picked a hamstring injury at Mansfield.

That leaves Danny East and Dan Butler vying to fill the left-back role against the Spireites. Tom Craddock (groin) and Ashley Harris (calf) are both back in training to boost Pompey’s attacking options.

Johnny Ertl is pushing for a start in midfield after coming on a sub at Mansfield after serving a three-game suspension.

And John Sullivan and Phil Smith are battling it out for the goalkeeping spot, with Smith fit despite receiving stitches after a clash with Jed Wallace on the training ground this week.

Whittingham was giving little away on the host of tricky calls he has to make ahead of tomorrow’s clash.

He said: ‘Which way will it go? That’s for me to know!

‘We’ll find out how it goes before the game.’

Meanwhile, Chesterfield boss Cook has praised Whittingham for the job he has done at Pompey.

And he has tipped the Blues to rise through the leagues again.

He said: ‘They’re a good side and will be backed by ferocious support.

‘Guy’s done a fantastic job steering the ship through difficult waters.

‘One thing’s for sure they will go back up the leagues quickly, whether it’s this year or not.

‘Portsmouth, like ourselves, have become a scalp in this league.

‘But Guy’s well equipped to handle that.’