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Bradford City Preview

12 December 2014

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The Spireites return home for the first time in three weeks as they host Bradford City at the Proact Stadium on Saturday.

While the Spireites await to find out their FA Cup fate, the non-playing situation takes little away from the great away performance at MK Dons last Saturday.

The result at Stadium MK extends Chesterfield's unbeaten run to six games, a run that has pushed tomorrow's hosts back into the top half of the table.

In team news, centre back Georg Margreitter will be looking to say a fond farewell to the club in the last match of his loan spell from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Austrian has impressed with his performances at the club, and will battle out for the central defensive berths with captain Ian Evatt and Sam Hird, both of whom are back to full fitness having come through the DCFA Senior Challenge Cup game with Graham Street Prims on Tuesday night.

Elsewhere in the defensive line, Daniel Jones continues to sit out as he serves the second game of his three-match ban for his red card at Crawley Town.

Opponents Bradford City are in no dry run of form themselves, winning four of their last five games to move up into the league's top ten.

The Bantams have a good mix of young and more experienced players and their attack will be lead by the former Premier League striker Jon Stead, on loan from Huddersfield Town.

Stead has previous form at the Proact from even this season, scoring in the epic 5-3 extra time Capital One Cup tie for the Terriers back in the warmth and sunshine of mid-August.

Ahead of the match Chesterfield manager Paul Cook discussed Saturday's opponents, saying that such games mean he doesn't have any problems motivating his players.

He said: "I think the good thing for me as a manager is that sometimes games like Bradford City come round and they take care of themselves.

"There's always a good matchday atmosphere, you've got two teams capable of scoring goals and pushing forwards - and Bradford have got some fantastic players.

Cook gave special praise to his opposite number Phil Parkinson, who's achieved both league and cup success in his reign at Valley Parade.

He said "Phil's had a very good time at Bradford City. The success of getting to Wembley in the League Cup was an amazing achievement. He should have received the manager of the season from every division for that one.

"We know it's a difficult game tomorrow, Bradford are a strong side. We know that if we win tomorrow we'll go above them but Phil will be telling his players that if they beat us they'll go clear of us.

"It's all there for everyone tomorrow so we just look forward to it."

Those who can't make it along to the Proact Stadium can follow the match via minute-by-minute coverage on Twitter, score updates on Facebook or by listening to full match live commentary on Spireites Player.

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