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Spireites Travel to Hartlepool

11 April 2014

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Chesterfield travel to Victoria Park to take on Hartlepool United on Saturday afternoon in their 42nd fixture of the 2013/14 Sky Bet League 2 season.

Overview
Pools are currently 15th in the League 2 table having taken 49 points from 41 games, losing 1-0 to Portsmouth in their last outing at Fratton Park. A second minute Adam Webster goal secured a narrow victory for Pompey and condemned Hartlepool to a fourth consecutive defeat.

Colin Cooper's side have struggled to find form of late, picking up just four points from their last six league games. Pools are eight places clear of the League 2 drop zone but only six points separate them and 23rd place Northampton Town with 15 points still to play for.

Chesterfield approach Saturday's game on the back of a 1-1 draw with Newport County AFC at the Proact Stadium last weekend. Jimmy Ryan's early second half lob was cancelled out by a late Max Porter strike to send the sides home level. 

The draw meant Chesterfield remained four points behind League 2 leaders Rochdale, while Fleetwood Town and Burton Albion in fourth and fifth place respectively closed the gap between them and the Spireites to just three points.

Chesterfield and Hartlepool meet for the second time this season after the sides shared a 1-1 draw in the Boxing Day clash at the Proact Stadium. Tendayi Darikwa put the home side ahead on the half hour mark with a smart volley before Matty Dolan levelled for Pools from the penalty spot just after the half time break.

Victory for Chesterfield on Saturday could see the Spireites close the gap between them and top of the table Rochdale to just one point and create a six-point gap between themselves and the play-offs depending on results elsewhere.

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Team News
Hartlepool United
Christian Burgess is a doubt for Saturday after being forced off with an ankle injury during last weekend’s trip to Portsmouth.

The defender has been back at parent club Middlesbrough receiving treatment this week and if he doesn’t recover in time then Sunderland loanee Scott Harrison looks set to be handed his full debut in the centre of defence.

Marlon Harewood (ankle) and Andy Monkhouse (hamstring) are both hoping to step up their recoveries over the next couple of days and could yet come in to contention to face the Spireites.

Neil Austin (toe) and Antony Sweeney (hamstring) remain on the sidelines though as they continue their rehabilitation from their injury problems.

Chesterfield
Drew Talbot remains sidelined after he suffered a recurrence of the abductor injury that has kept him out of action for a number of weeks.

Ollie Banks will not feature against Pools as the young midfielder has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2013/14 campaign following the injury he picked up in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final against Peterborough.

Jimmy Ryan picked up his tenth yellow card of the season during last weekend's 1-1 draw with Newport County and as a result will serve the first of his two-match ban at Victoria Park on Saturday. 

Mason Bennett has been recalled by his parent club Derby County and will not be available to Paul Cook this weekend or for the remainder of the 2013/14 season.

Sam Togwell returned to the Proact Stadium earlier this week after being recalled from his loan spell at Wycombe Wanderers and is in contention for a starting place in midfield against Pools.

Pre Match Views
Colin Cooper
"It's a good game to play in. We've both got different things that we'd like to do - Chesterfield are pushing for automatic promotion."

"We'd obviously like to get out of this sticky patch as quickly as possible with the season coming to an end."

"When we played them down there on Boxing Day we gave them a good game. We were complimentary about Chesterfield and Paul Cook was complimentary about us."

Leam Richardson

Odds
Hartlepool United: 9/4 Draw: 12/5 Chesterfield: 23/20
Skybet have Chesterfield as favourites going into Saturday but believe the home side have every chance of taking something from the fixture.

To place a bet on Saturday's game or any other football match across the country, sign up for a Sky Bet account via Chesterfield's official link.

(Odds accurate as of 4pm on Friday, April 11)

Coverage
If you can't make the game on Saturday you can follow the action through live commentary on Spireites Player and minute-by-minute text updates on Chesterfield's official Twitter account.

Spireites Player is also the best place for all post match reaction and highlights after the final whistle and over the weekend.

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