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Sheffield United Preview

3 October 2014

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Chesterfield welcome Sheffield United on Saturday hoping to get back to winning ways following last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Notts County.

The Blades come to Chesterfield off the back of four wins in their last five fixtures, but Paul Cook’s side will be looking to put an end to that impressive form in front of a sell-out crowd.

The visitors signed experienced defender Paddy McCarthy from Crystal Palace on Friday, and the Irishman goes straight into the squad for Saturday's Proact clash.

United boss Nigel Clough brings his side to Derbyshire without the attacking threat of Jose Baxter, who is out with a hamstring injury, although former Spireites loanee Jamal Campbell-Ryce could make a return from his recent calf problem.

Saturday will be the first time both teams have met in a competitive fixture since 2012, and Cook says his side are relishing the derby.

He said: “It is a great game to be involved in. We all want to win the derby match massively, and I’m sure Nigel and his staff are saying the same. 

"I’m hoping not just the fans, but the players as well enjoy the occasion because it is a great sporting event for our community.”

Following last weekend’s spirited draw with Notts County, Cook explained that he is facing a selection headache with a near fully fit squad, as just Sam Hird and Drew Talbot are the only players who are unavailable for selection.

The manager said: “We have got selection problems this week, but what a great problem to have.” 

“It is just Sam Hird and Drew Talbot who are unavailable. How do I pick a team from the players that I have? Whatever team I choose I’m sure a couple of supporters won’t agree with it, but I accept that.

“I continuously say that we win together and we lose together. I have already apologised to the players with the headache I have got, but there won’t be any apologising on Saturday. 

"We’ll be very much focused on the game, because Sheffield United have some good players that is for sure.”

With the added pressure of the fixture being a derby, the boss believes that the home support will be vital if his team are to get a result.

Cook said: “Our travelling support away from home all season has been fantastic. When we played Notts County at home I thought that the atmosphere was electric, and it was like they sensed a goal coming.

“I believe that the supporters have a massive part to play in a football club, and it does not matter what team the manager picks, the most important thing is supporting your team on a Saturday. The roof came off when we scored last weekend.” 

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