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Preston North End Preview

15 September 2014

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Chesterfield travel to Lancashire to play Preston North End on the crest of a wave after Saturday's 4-1 win over Scunthorpe United.

Preston on the other hand, lost 3-1 at Walsall- a result symptomatic of their up and down start to the season, the side currently sitting tenth in the League 1 table.

Gary Roberts will miss the match after a recurrence of his hamstring injury on Saturday, but the Spireites otherwise go into the match without any fresh injury concerns.

Spireites manager Paul Cook revealed how the trip to Deepdale was one of the ones he searched for when the fixture list came out.

He said: "I've been looking forward to this game for some time. It's what we want at our club, we want to play in big games. 

"There's no better feeling than playing in big games and Preston away is a massive game for us."

Cook feels that tomorrow's opponents are the sort of team plenty of their League 1 look to emulate. 

He said: "They're a really good benchmark of a club. They're a strong club with a good experienced manager who has a great knowledge of the game and has promotions on his CV.

"It'll be a massive test for us but I can guarantee you we're looking forward to it. Hopefully we'll play with the spirit that will allow us to get on the ball and show people how good we are."

The Lilywhites may have had a mixed start to the season, but Cook is under few illusions about the quality they have at their disposal. 

The manager said: "Preston are a formidable opposition, they'll be one of the likely favourites to be promoted this year, and rightly so.

"We've got a tough game on our hands tomorrow night, we're not stupid, we know it is, but it's refreshingly tough."

The match could see former Spireites hero Kevin Davies play his former side for the first time in a competitive match.

However, Cook was all too aware of the veteran striker's abilities to want to face him.

Cook joked: "I wouldn't want to see him play, I know the supporters will, but I wouldn't! 

"Kevin's a fantastic player, he's had a fantastic football career, if Simon deems that Kevin's playing tomorrow then that's the way it will be. I'm sure he'll get a good reception from our fans."



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