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Spireites Travel to Mansfield

21 March 2014

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Chesterfield travel to the One Call Stadium to take on local rivals Mansfield Town on Saturday afternoon in their 39th fixture of the 2013/14 Sky Bet League 2 season.

The Stags are currently 17th in the League 2 table having taken 43 points from 37 games, drawing 1-1 with Northampton Town in their last outing at Sixfields Stadium. A 64th minute Darren Carter penalty cancelled out Oliver Palmer's first half strike to send the sides home level. 

Paul Cox's side have struggled to find form of late, in their last six games the Stags have won two, drawn two and lost two going into this weekend's derby.

Chesterfield approach Saturday's game on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Plymouth Argyle at Home Park on Tuesday night. A second half Ritchie Humphreys strike proved to be nothing more than a consolation as the Spireites fell to two goals from Reuben Reid either side of half time.

The defeat meant Chesterfield surrendered the Sky Bet League 2 top spot to promotion rivals Rochdale who ran out 3-0 winners over Northampton Town to claim pole position on Tuesday night.

These sides meet for the third time this season after Mansfield prevailed 1-0 in the League 2 meeting at the Proact Stadium. The Spireites responded to derby defeat by knocking the Nottinghamshire side out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy just ten days later.

Victory for Chesterfield on Saturday could see the Spireites reclaim top position in the Sky Bet League 2 table depending on results elsewhere.

Last Time We Met

Team News
Mansfield Town
Striker Jake Speight could figure in this match following his impressive display in Mansfield's Final Third Development League Cup win over Leicester City on Wednesday.

However, the Stags will be without full-back Darryl Westlake, who serves a one-match suspension after his red during the Stags' 1-1 draw at Northampton Town last week.

Dan Gardner is unavailable for Saturday's game as the midfielder is still out with the ankle injury he picked up against Accrington Stanley.

Drew Talbot remains sidelined as he recovers from the abductor injury that has kept him out of action for a number of weeks.

Manager's Views
Paul Cox
"It means a lot to both sets of supporters, both sets of players and staff but the main thing this season is to maintain our status in the league."

"They're a good side, they've got a good manager and they're geared to get promoted. Chesterfield have the ambition to get out of this league whereas ours is to maintain our status."

"I just think they've got good players all the way through their side. Experience at this level of football and above."

Paul Cook

Mansfield Town: 3/1 Draw: 11/5 Chesterfield: 1/1
Skybet have Chesterfield as favourites going into Tuesday's game but believe the home side have every chance of taking something from the game.

To place a bet on Saturday'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 2pm on Friday, March 21)

If you can't make the game on Saturday 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 over the weekend.

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