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Yeovil Town Preview

31 October 2014

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The Spireites will be looking to bump their blip in their second Proact Stadium match of the week against, this time against Yeovil Town.

However, the Glovers make the long journey to north Derbyshire in even worse form than the Spireites, having gained just one point in their last six games to lie twenty-second in the League One table.

That said, Yeovil have picked up notable results on the road, taking all three points away at Walsall and Bradford City already this season, suggesting that they'll be no pushovers at the Proact.

The day before the match Yeovil were busy bringing in two players on loan in 20 year-old Fulham centre back Stephen Arthurworrey and young Aston Villa 'keeper Jed Steer.

This week the Glovers have also been involved in a swap loan deal with League One rivals Coventry City, the deal seeing defender Aaron Martin sent to the Ricoh Arena, with another defender, 22 year-old Jordan Clarke, heading south.

In other team news, young defender Nathan Ralph was replaced after suffering an injury during the first half of last weekend's contest with Rochdale and is tough-and-go for the Proact clash, while striker Sam Hoskins returns to the squad following a goal-scoring stint with Barnet.

There will not be a Proact Stadium return for popular former Spireite Nathan Smith however, as the full back is another player on the injured list.

The home side will be without suspended skipper Ian Evatt after the centre back picked up his fifth yellow card on Tuesday and triggered the automatic one-match suspension.

Though the hosting Spireites have no new injury concerns after the midweek loss to Swindon Town, although Gary Roberts is again to be rested as his rehabilitation from his hamstring injury continues.

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook has spent recent days getting to grips with his side's frailties and has been setting about plans to fix them.

He said: "We've got to make sure that from within the group we find the solutions to the problems we're having, because all of a sudden we're not scoring anywhere near enough goals and we're conceding far too many as well.

"We're certainly well aware of the problems. the players do their best in training every day and they listen to everything I say and I do feel that tomorrow is a good opportunity for us to get back on track."

Despite not winning for five games, the Spireites are still above the midway point in the League One table and Cook thinks this would have been good enough for most fans ahead of the campaign.

He said: "If someone had said at the start of the season that we'd be going into this month in eleventh place in the league I think people in general would have been happy.

"The problem we've had is that because we've set such a standard of results at the club earlier in the season it looks like we're in the midsts of problems- but this time last year we ran into similar problems."

While formations and personnel are of constant debate among fans, Cook sees something else as the missing ingredient.

He said: "Football above all else is about confidence, and when you're playing with confidence you feel like you can't do wrong, but when you're playing without it you feel like you can't do right.

"The players' job now, and my job in particular, is to shake that off quickly and get back on track."


 

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