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Rochdale Preview

15 August 2014

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Chesterfield enter their first home league game of the season against Rochdale off the back of one impressive win and one dramatic oh so nearly.

After an exacting Tuesday evening against Huddersfield Town in the Capital One Cup, manager Paul Cook now has two less defenders then for last weekend's 2-1 league win at Leyton Orient.

Cook explained: "Ritchie Humphreys has got a partial tear of his miniscus, I believe it's six to eight weeks he'll be out for. It is a bit more pleasing than first feared as they thought he may have snapped it which would have been a longer time out so it is slightly better news than expected. It is a little bit disappointing when things go wrong for you, but these setbacks will happen.

"We lost Liam Cooper on the same day as Ritchie, these are two very strong left sided players who are very strong players in terms of how you set up and the balance they give the team. Obviously that is a big knock for us at the minute but it is something we are trying to cure."

Opponents Rochdale are no strangers to the Proact Stadium, visiting twice last year in the league and Johnstone's Paint Trophy, before eventually gaining promotion just behind the Spireites. The visitors come to Chesterfield with a number of injuries of their own. Skipper Olly Lancashire, Matty Done and Jack Muldoon are all set to sit out the fixture.

Like the Spireites, Dale exited the Capital One Cup on Tuesday, losing 2-0 at home to fellow Sky Bet League 1 side Preston North End. That defeat came off the back of a 1-0 season-opening loss to Peterborough, with the side so far struggling for goals.

However, Cook was looking forward to another exciting encounter against these familiar foes.

He said: "We have had good games with Rochdale. I think when you get two teams on a football pitch who both want to play and two managers who have a similar philosophy on the game and how it should be played it normally does make for a good game of football. Keith has had a couple of reverse results but we have had them watched in both games and they are playing very well. We are prepared for a strong Rochdale team and I am sure it will be a very entertaining game for our supporters."

Overall the Spireites boss was pleased with how his side have started the new campaign.

Cook said: "We are very happy, we finished the league very well and we have picked up that baton tremendously with a great win at Leyton Orient. We had great support on the day and it is one of those days you look back on as being a good day for the club. That is why when we have a bad day there will always be a good day to out weigh the bad ones."

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