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Spireites Host The Cod Army

18 February 2014

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Chesterfield will host Fleetwood Town on Tuesday evening in the northern area final second leg of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Overview

Paul Cook's side approach Tuesday's game with a two-goal aggregate lead after the Spireites defeated Fleetwood 3-1 in the first leg at Highbury Stadium earlier this month. Goals from Ian Evatt, Sam Morsy and Jimmy Ryan gave Chesterfield a crucial advantage going into the second leg at the Proact Stadium.

The Spireites earned a place in the northern area finals through a thrilling 6-5 penalty shootout win over Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park after the sides couldn't be separated in regular time. Cook's side had previously seen off the challenge of Mansfield Town and Rochdale following a bye in the first round of this season's competition.

Chesterfield go into the second leg on the back of a seven-game unbeaten run in all competitions, a run that has seen the North Derbyshire side reclaim pole position in Sky Bet League 2. 

Torquay United were the last team to fall at the Proact Stadium, losing 3-1 on Saturday afternoon after going ahead through Brighton loanee Shamir Goodwin. An opportunistic strike from Eoin Doyle and a brace from Jay O'Shea were enough to overturn the deficit and award Chesterfield all three points.

The Cod Army reached this stage of the competition after defeating League 1 outfit Rotherham United 2-1 in the area semi finals. Prior to victory over the Millers, Fleetwood had dispatched of Tranmere Rovers, Crewe Alexandra and Carlisle. 

The Lancashire side approach Tuesday's game on the back of a 2-0 home win over League 2 strugglers Northampton Town. Two goals from Gareth Evans gave the Cod Army their first win in February and took them to fifth place in the Sky Bet League 2 table.

Team News

Chesterfield
Drew Talbot (lower abdominal) was sidelined for Saturday's win over Torquay United and does not look likely to return for a few weeks so will miss the Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie.

Fleetwood Town
After his two-goal cameo, winger Gareth Evans will be looking to keep his place in the starting line-up for the trip down south to Chesterfield.
 
Jamille Matt impressed in his first start in four months whilst Chris Maxwell looks set to continue in-between the sticks for Graham Alexander's men. 

Manager's Views

Paul Cook

Odds

Chesterfield: 11/10 Draw: 12/5 Fleetwood Town: 5/2
Skybet have the home side as favourites for Tuesday's game but have given Fleetwood a chance of winning on the night.

(Odds accurate as of 3pm on Tuesday, February 18)

Coverage

If you can't make the game on Tuesday 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 throughout the week.

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