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Notts County Preview

26 September 2014

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Chesterfield host Notts County hoping to bounce back with a victory following last weekend's 3-2 defeat at Doncaster Rovers.

County are without a win in their last four league outings, drawing three of those fixtures in the process. 

Magpies boss Shaun Derry brings his side to the Proact without Jimmy Spencer and Blair Adams, missing with injuries, though former England international Alan Smith should be available for selection after being out for County's last match with Oldham Athletic.

Despite the Magpies’ short winless run, Spireites boss Paul Cook is adamant that it will be a tough test between two good teams.   

Cook said: “Shaun has done a fantastic job there and he has made them a difficult team to beat. They have had a couple of fantastic results, but I think Shaun will know that coming here he is going to get a test.”

Following the disappointing result at Doncaster last Saturday, Cook is hopeful that the injured trio of Daniel Jones, Gary Roberts and Sam Morsy will make the game.

“They are all touch and go. The pleasing thing is that if they do not make Saturday, they will be fit in time for the Sheffield United game. They trained well this morning, but we have to make sure they are medically right.

“We have got lads chomping to play now. You would have to be blind not to see the impact Armand Gnanduillet and Jay O’Shea have had coming off of the bench. We have got good options and we are good to go.

“We had a game behind closed doors versus Lincoln this week for some of these lads, and players like Dan Gardner are flying in training now because of it. George Margreitter is also fit now, and we must continue to push forward. There has been lots of positives this week.”

With Saturday’s visitors Notts County only twenty-five miles down the road, the Spireites manager is keen for his side to impress in front of a good crowd. 

“I look forward to the game because I really enjoy watching us at the minute. There is not as much pressure on us compared to last year, and because of that the supporters have a spring in their step.

“Our club is in a good place at the minute and long may it continue. It is going to be a hard game for them and it is going to be a hard game for us. We have got our hands full for Saturday but it should be a great game.”

Saturday's match is the first between the sides since February 2012, when the Spireites travelled to Meadow Lane in League One and lost 1-0, with Jonathan Forte grabbing the game's only goal ten minutes from time.


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