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Fleetwood Town Preview

22 August 2014

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Chesterfield travel to Lancashire knowing they'll face a stern test against a Fleetwood side sitting top of the league.

While the Spireites will be rightly pleased with their start to the Sky Bet League 1 campaign, fellow League 2 promoted signs have gone one better, winning all three of their league games so far this season.

After beating Crewe in their season opener, the Cod Army then won away at Notts County before a 2-0 win over Scunthorpe United on Tuesday evening.

Fleetwood have invested heavily in their playing staff over the summer, keen to make a successful first effort in England's third tier. The star man so far this season has been one of the new signings, Jamie Proctor. The 22 year-old former Crawley Town striker has netted in each of his side's league outings so far this campaign, and will doubtless ask questions of the Chesterfield back line on Saturday.

Chesterfield arrive at Highbury Stadium off the back of a 1-0 home defeat to MK Dons, but the loss hasn't unduly upset Spireites manager Paul Cook.

He said: "I felt we played well the other night in a lot of aspects of the game. There were one or two things to improve on, which we've been looking at." 

"One of the options you have at clubs all the time is to make changes to what you do, but we don't really have that at the minute. That's what one of the focuses has been, especially with Gardner and Banks being continually unable to play.

The last time the two sides squared up to each other was in the final game of last season. In that now famous encounter, the Spireites came from a goal down to win 2-1 in a game that added the Legaue 2 title to the promotion that had been confirmed a week previously at Burton Albion.

The manager, however, feels that the experience gained that afternoon in May will have helped Saturday's opponents going forwards.

Cook said: "I think it was pleasing for Fleetwood last year to come to us on the last day of the season to watch another team celebrating promotion and winning the league. Going through that was tough for those lads because they had been up there all season. But then to go on and win at Wembley in the playoffs made up for it I'm sure."

"They ended up finishing the season really well and going into this season they've brought in the likes of Stephen Dobbie, Keith Southern and Jamie Proctor and Stephen Crainey the left back- they've strengthened really well.

"They are going to be a formidable opponent for us this weekend and I'me sure they're going to be a formidable opponent for most sides in League 1 this season."

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