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Bristol City Preview

10 October 2014

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After the win over Sheffield United things don't get any easier for the Spireites, who travel to top-of-the-table Bristol City for their latest league fixture.

Chesterfield will arrive at Ashton Gate with the newly-crowned League One player of the month, 13-goal striker Eoin Doyle, and come up against the league's manager of the month in the Robins' Steve Cotterill.

Since Cotterill's arrival in December of last year, City have seen a dramatic improvement in results and remain at the summit and unbeaten in the league this season.

The Robins have a 13-goal strikeforce of their own, with Aaron Wilbraham and Kieran Agard sure to give the Spireites back line a stern test.

The defence will include goalkeeper Tommy Lee who had the red card he received against the Blades overturned by The FA earlier this week.

The Spireites make the trip to the South West with no new injury problems, with Dan Jones, Gary Roberts and Doyle all coming through the week's training well. 

Despite a difficult challenge in prospect, Spireites manager Paul Cook heads into the game with three points the target.

He said: "We'll go to Ashton Gate on Saturday to play, we'll go there to try and win a football game. 

"I can't see the game being 0-0. Bristol City have got great options going forwards, they're where they are because they deserve to be where they are."

Last Saturday's 3-2 win over Sheffield United at a sold-out Proact Stadium reinstated Chesterfield in the League One top six and reinforced the feeling that the Spireites are on the up.

Cook said: "We're off our front foot at the minute, we look a threat and the lads are playing with confidence. Even the supporters are supporting us with confidence and that's a sign that things are going okay.

"Bristol City's as exciting as it gets. I don't look at it as tough because we look forward to these fixtures. 

"It's an overnight trip and the build-up started on Thursday morning: how are we going to play? What are we going to do? How are we going to win the game?"

Bristol City have won four of their five home league matches this campaign, and Cook believes that attack is the best way to approach the fixture.

He said: "I think a lot of teams will go to Ashton Gate and wonder how they're going to stop Bristol City and negate what they're going to do.

"To win the game you're going to have to play fantastically well because Steve's got great experience as a manager. 

"In my opinion they're not just contenders for promotion, they are the real deal. They're strong in all departments, they've got goals in their team, a good manager and fan base and they're good to go."

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