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Scunthorpe JPT Preview

1 September 2014

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Chesterfield make the short trip to face Scunthorpe in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, playing in the completion for the first time since the final of last year’s competition at Wembley.

The JPT has been a source of success in recent years and has seen Chesterfield reach the final twice in the last three years, beating Swindon to claim the silverware in 2012.

Chesterfield play Scunthorpe just a few days after beating Port Vale 2-1 in a strong performance away from home. 

Manager Paul Cook recognises the value of the trophy and will want to reach the final once again.

He said: “We’re going to go up to Scunthorpe and try our best to win the game, the JPT is very important to us as a club, but with the list of injuries we’ve got at the minute so we are going to be stretched. 

“Let’s give the lads all the encouragement in the world no matter how the game goes.”

Scunthorpe endured a testing start to their League 1 season, losing their first three games. However, under manager Russ Wilcox results have improved, with a 2-1 weekend success at Walsall signalling their first league win of the campaign.

Cook was unsurprised that the Iron manager was able to turn around his side's fortunes.

He said: "I'm really pleased for them because I think Russ is one of the better guys in football, not only is he a good manager he's a good lad. They've had a little bit of a tough start, but they've picked themselves up quickly. He's got good players over there and he knows the game as well.

"It will be a tough game. We drew twice with Scunthorpe last year and we'd like to think we can give a good account of ourselves tomorrow, although we will be stretched."

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