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JPT Final Preview

29 March 2014

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Chesterfield travel to Wembley Stadium on Sunday to take on Peterborough United in the final of the 2013/14 Johnstone's Paint Trophy

Overview
The Spireites reached their second Johnstone's Paint Trophy final in three years after seeing off the challenge of Mansfield Town, Rochdale and Oldham Athletic before defeating Fleetwood Town 3-2 over two legs in the northern area final.

Paul Cook's side head into Sunday's game on the back of a 1-0 win over Morecambe at the Proact Stadium on Tuesday night. A first half Jay O'Shea header proved to be enough to separate the sides and award Chesterfield three points in the Sky Bet League 2 clash.

Peterborough defeated Brentford, Dagenham & Redbridge and Newport County en route to the southern area final of the competition where they were taken to penalties by Swindon Town after two legs. The Posh won the shootout 4-3 to book their place in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final.

Darren Ferguson's side approach Sunday's game following back-to-back league defeats at the hands of Rotherham United and Preston North End. The Posh surrendered a 1-0 away lead in their last outing at Deepdale on Tuesday night, goals from Neil Kilkenny and Joe Garner condemned Peterborough to a 3-1 loss.

Chesterfield and Peterborough meet for the first time since February 2008 when the Spireites fell 2-1 at Saltergate, strikes from Aaron McLean and George Boyd gave the Posh a two-goal lead before Jack Lester's late finish proved to be too little too late for the home side.

Team News
Chesterfield
Paul Cook has a full squad to choose from heading into Sunday's game as Dan Gardner and Drew Talbot have both made full recoveries from the injuries that have kept them out of action for a number of weeks.

Daniel Kearns is ineligible to feature against his parent club Peterborough United and will not be involved. 

Peterborough United
Posh are unsure on the availability of captain Tommy Rowe who missed Tuesday night's 3-1 defeat at Preston North End with a muscle injury.

Darren Ferguson's side are without Nicky Ajose, Conor Washington, Ben Nugent and Jack Baldwin who are all cup-tied. Lloyd Isgrove is eligible to play, as is Josh McQuoid. 

Manager's Views
Paul Cook
“I don’t think either team is going to concentrate on stopping the other team, I think both teams will set up to try and win the game.

“I think Sunday’s about trying to win the competition because once you get on the coach to come back if you’ve got some silverware then it’s an amazing achievement.”

Darren Ferguson
"We are not going into the game in ideal form, but winning this competition has been one of our two main aims this season and we have treated the matches with a lot of respect as a result - and now we are in the final we want to win it. All our focus is now on this game. 

"It certainly won’t be easy as Chesterfield are a very good side. It doesn’t mean a thing that they are in League 2 because in eight games time they will probably be a League One side. They play an expansive style of football like we do so it should be a very good game, but we need to back ourselves to play to the best of our ability and if we do that we will have a great chance of winning."

Odds
Chesterfield: 21/10 Draw: 12/5 Peterborough United: 5/4
Sky Bet have Peterborough as favourites going into Sunday's game but believe Chesterfield have every chance of taking home the trophy.

To place a bet on Sunday's game or any other football match across the country, sign up for a Sky Bet account via Chesterfield's official link.

(Odds accurate as of 3pm on Tuesday, March 25)

Coverage
If you can't make the game on Sunday 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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