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21 November 2014

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The Spireites will look to build on last weekend’s point at Crewe Alexandra when local rivals Barnsley visit the Proact on Saturday afternoon.

The hosts will be roared on by a bumper crowd expected to be in excess of nine thousand as they look to address their current league winless streak.

After a shaky beginning to the campaign, the Tykes now find themselves just five points off of the play-off positions, and the recent win against Burton Albion in the FA Cup meant that Danny Wilson’s men recorded back-to-back victories for the first time this season.

Barnsley are now unbeaten in four matches, winning three of those, one of which was an efficient performance versus an in-form Sheffield United side at Bramall Lane.

The Spireites’ backline will be hoping for a fourth clean sheet on the bounce in all competitions, although they can expect to be tested, as the Reds will head down the M1 with Sam Winnall, who has scored six goals in his last four games.

As well as Winnall, Wilson’s Barnsley will also be able to welcome back the trio of Paul Digby, Marcello Trotta and Ryan Williams, who have all returned to the club following their recent adventures on international duty.

The Chesterfield squad are chomping at the bit to record their first league victory in seven fixtures, and the homecoming of striker Armand Gnanduillet will only boost confidence within the squad.

Gnanduillet has recently arrived back at the Proact following a loan move to Tranmere Rovers, a short term move which saw him score twice in four appearances at Prenton Park. 

As well as Gnaduillet, Cook has also revealed that George Margreitter is fit enough to be involved in some capacity at the weekend. 

Cook said: “On the back of Hird training this week, Talbot training this week and Margreitter training this week, all of a sudden you get that little bit stronger.

“Armand was sent out to get some minutes on the pitch, and hopefully he’ll come with more experience. He’ll be able to bring a different angle as to how we can play, and it was important that we sent him out, albeit that it coincided with not a great run by us.

The Spireites boss also ran the rule over Saturday's rivals from Yorkshire, anticipating a tough test from the Tykes.

He said: “Danny Wilson has overseen a difficult period for Barnsley and they’ve got some good players. They are a good footballing side who have a lot of threats on the pitch and they are a very strong League One team.

“They won’t be coming here expecting to win, but they will be coming here hoping to win. We have had a good home record over the last 14 months so they will know that they are going to be in for a good football game.

“They have a lot of good players and you must always give good players respect, but so have we. We can look forward to seeing two good teams on the pitch tomorrow try and win a football match.” 

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