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17 October 2014

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Chesterfield welcome Oldham Athletic to the Proact Stadium tomorrow afternoon hoping to continue their form but change the result following last weekend’s match at Bristol City.

Lee Johnson’s Oldham come to the Proact in the midst of a ten match unbeaten run which stretches back to August, a run Spireites boss Paul Cook will be looking to put an end to.

The Latics arrive in Derbyshire with top goal-scorer Jonathan Forte returning to the squad following a knee injury, but defenders George Elokobi and Adam Lockwood will both still be missing.

After the impressive start that Oldham have made to the season, Cook is sure that the fixture will be a difficult game. 

He said: “Every game is a hard game in this league and we are coming up against an Oldham side that play attractive football, and Lee is doing a fantastic job there.”

“They have got a lot of good players and they have a good way of playing. Lee can change how he plays and they have swapped formations a couple of times this season, so you wouldn’t know his preferred style of play. 

"We are looking forward to the game because we have a good pitch, a good set of fans, and by the time Oldham leave tomorrow, we would like to think that they'll know that they have been in a game." 

Following the defeat at top-of-the-table Bristol City last Saturday, Cook explained that the only fresh injury worry is goalkeeper Aaron Chapman, who has been recalled from his loan spell at Accrington Stanley following a foot injury.

Cook said: “There have been a lot of scans and we are hoping that we get the results soon. It doesn’t look great, so that is really disappointing because he was putting a mark on the start of his career."

Oldham have already picked up a string of impressive results this season, meaning they'll arrive at the Proact without fear. 

Cook said: “We are all expecting it to be a good game tomorrow. Oldham have got some good players, and you don’t go winning and drawing ten games if you are not a good side. 

"They went to Peterborough and weren't beaten, they went to Swindon and weren't beaten, and they only lost one-nil at Preston.

"They have had good home form as well as some good results away, and the good thing about Oldham is that they are a good side."

Tomorrow’s game will also see a return to the Proact for a former Spireite, as Oldham Athletic assistant manager Tommy Wright comes back to Chesterfield.

Cook said: “Lee is obviously backed by Tommy who is going to be coming back here as their assistant manager, and I think he deserves a fantastic reception. 

"When John and Tommy were at the club there were some good times, including a trip to Wembley and a promotion campaign. Tommy is one of the good people in football." 


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