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18 August 2014

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Chesterfield go into their third game of the Sky Bet League 1 season in good spirits, sitting joint top of the table after their 100% start.

Tuesday night's opponents MK Dons are not too far behind having won one and lost one of their opening two fixtures.

The Dons came back from two goals behind against Gillingham to win 4-2 on the first day of the season, but lost 3-2 at Peterborough on Saturday, after conceding two late goals to Kyle Vassell.

Sandwiched in-between was a midweek 3-1 Capital One Cup victory over phoenix club AFC Wimbledon, and the Spireites will need to be wary of Dons winger Daniel Powell, who has scored in his side's previous two matches.

Following on from Ritchie Humphreys' knee injury in Chesterfield's League Cup loss to Huddersfield Town, manager Paul Cook was happy to report a clean bill of health after the weekend's game with Rochdale.

He said: "I wouldn't expect anyone to be out. We're preparing now, we always give the lads a lie in on a Monday as they were in on Sunday at 10am. They have a later start on Mondays, have some lunch and we do some match analysis to prepare the best way we can for MK Dons on Tuesday night. Everyone's pleased with the start but like I always say, and maybe it's a little bit boring, it's just a start."

However, despite the club's best efforts, Cook didn't expect any new faces in the squad ahead of the game.

He said: "They'll be no one in before MK Dons. We're working hard at the minute. I can reassure our supporters that we are trying to do that."

The match with MK Dons pitches two clubs together who play with similar 4-2-3-1 formations, and the tactical challenge is one the manager is relishing.

Cook said: "I'm looking forward to the game, I know Karl Robinson quite well but I've never managed against him before. He's a very bright young manager and I think the game needs bright young managers. You've got to try and manage without fear sometimes, because the fear always comes from getting beaten. If you manage with fear you don't manage how you want to, and that's something that I struggled with when I first came to Chesterfield. Karl wants to play football, his teams play open attacking football and he's also got some very good players.

"It'll be a tough test for us tomorrow night, and I think it's one all of our supporters are looking forward to.

"It doesn't look like a 0-0, but you never know. It's a learning curve for us all at the minute. You want to be a progressive club and we've all learned quite quickly that our strengths are our starting 11, plus bits and pieces on top of that. Drew Talbot can come back into that, so can Ritchie Humphreys and Dan Gardner, we've got good players and good players win you football games. If we all stay together as fans and players I'm sure that we'll all get better than where we are today."

Supporters who buy tickets for the MK Dons game will receive priority for purchasing tickets for the home game with Sheffield United on Saturday, August 4.

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