Oxford v Chesterfield preview

Millwall have signed midfielder Richard Chaplow on loan from

Southampton for the remainder of the season.

The 28-year-old could make his debut for the Lions in Saturday’s

Championship derby at The Valley and will be available for the FA

Cup semi-final against Wigan next month, as well as the final on

May 11 if Millwall defeat the Latics.

Chaplow made three starts in the Capital One Cup for Saints

earlier this season but has had to settle for three appearances off

the bench in the Premier League, the last of them coming in the 2-2

draw at Chelsea on January 16.

Chaplow started his career at Burnley before moving to West Brom

for ?1.5m in January 2005. He then joined Preston before signing

for Southampton in January 2011.

Meanwhile, Millwall have rearranged their Championship home game

against Crystal Palace for Tuesday April 30 (7.45pm).

The match was originally scheduled to be played on Saturday

April 13 but the Lions will be playing Wigan in their FA Cup

semi-final that weekend.

Oxford striker Jon-Paul Pittman could make a welcome return to


The former Crawley and Wycombe forward has been missing since

December after dislocating a shoulder and, having worked hard to

return to full fitness, he has trained every day this week with no

adverse reaction.

“He has done really well,” assistant manager Mickey Lewis told

the club’s official website. “He looks strong and is up to just

about full speed in training, so he is very much in our thoughts

for the run-in.”

Liam Davis and Deane Smalley both stepped off the bench in the

1-0 victory over Barnet in midweek and they are pushing for starts

as Oxford look for their fourth win in five games.

The U’s remain without long-term injury victims goalkeeper Ryan

Clarke (shoulder), striker Justin Richards (knee) and midfielder

Peter Leven (knee).

Drew Talbot comes back into the reckoning for Chesterfield.

Talbot missed the 2-0 home win over Bristol Rovers last Saturday

with a virus.

The 26-year-old could be considered for a spot at full-back or

on the wing, meaning Richard Brindley and Conor Townsend are the

players most under threat in the starting line-up.

Tendayi Darikwa continued his return to fitness following a

double hernia operation with a run-out for the reserves this week

and the winger is also back in contention for a starting role.

Oxford include three former Spireites among their ranks in Deane

Smalley, Andy Whing and Peter Leven, although the latter is out

with a knee injury.

Chesterfield really need to win to keep their fading play-off

hopes alive.