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Spireites Travel to Fleetwood

4 February 2014

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Chesterfield travel to Highbury Stadium to take on Fleetwood Town in the first leg of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy northern area final.

Overview

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. Chesterfield will be the first League 2 side they will face in the 2013/14 Johnstone's Paint Trophy. 

The Lancashire side approach the cup tie on the back of a 2-1 defeat at home to York City on Saturday, a result that ended a five-game unbeaten for Fleetwood. They navigated January without defeat, winning four and drawing one, propelling Graham Alexander's side into the automatic promotion places atop Sky Bet League 2.

Chesterfield 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. The Spireites had previously seen off the challenge of Mansfield Town and Rochdale following a bye in the first round of this season's competition. 

Paul Cook's side travel to Highbury Stadium in a rich vein of form having enjoyed three consecutive victories in the league, defeating Northampton Town and York City at Sixfields Stadium and Bootham Crescent before returning to the Proact to see off the challenge of Bristol Rovers on Saturday. 

The League 2 promotion contenders meet at Highbury Stadium for the second time this season after a closely contested 1-1 draw in October. Liam Cooper gave the Spireites the advantage in the early stages of the second half before Chesterfield were pegged back through a Jon Parkin leveller just minutes from the final whistle. 

Team News

York City
Alex Marrow missed last weekend's game against York City, sitting out on the side lines along with long term absentees Jeff Hughes and Jamille Matt.  

Conor McLaughlin and Alex Goodall both suffered knocks during Saturday's match against York City and Matty Hughes is still awaiting his Town debut after joining the club last week. 

Chesterfield
Paul Cook has a fully fit and available squad to choose from going into Tuesday night's game.

Manager's Views

Graham Alexander
 

Paul Cook

Odds

Fleetwood Town: 6/4 Draw: 5/2 Chesterfield: 17/10
Skybet have the home side as slight favourites for Tuesday's game but believe Chesterfield have every chance of taking something from the first leg. 

(Odds accurate as of 1pm on Tuesday, February 4)

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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