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Crewe Alexandra Preview

5 April 2015

After a faultless week with three consecutive wins, the Spireites return home to the Proact with the pressure as high as ever for the visit of Crewe Alexandra.

One-goal wins over Walsall, Bradford City and Yeovil Town have pushed Chesterfield into the play-off places, but Crewe showed in the reverse 0-0 Gresty Road fixture that they are stubborn and only a strong performance will enable the Spireites to finish the Easter programme on a high.

Team News

Chesterfield reported a clean bill of health after the gruelling visit to Somerset, though faitgue is bound to be an issue after three matches in a week for the Blues.

Striker Armand Gnanduillet made a brief cameo appearance in the Yeovil Town match, coming on in injury time as he returns from the hamstring injury that saw him miss out late on at Bradford City.

The Alex will visit the Proact without midfielder Anthony Grant. The 27-year-old has been near-ever present for his side this season but will miss his team's next two matches after picking up his tenth booking of the campaign on Friday.

Form Guide

Despite being two goals behind at Yeovil Town a Sam Hird header and a Jay O'Shea double forced the Spireites past the Glovers to collect a vital three-point haul.

The win at Huish Park meant that the Spireites have now won six of their last eight matches and sit three points clear of Bradford City and the chasing play-off pack. However, the points gathered at Yeovil will count for little without the form being kept up.

Opponents Crewe may have only attained one win in their last five outings, but that their one win was a success away at Sheffield United illustrates that the Alex can't be taken lightly.

Crewe's goalless home draw with Crawley Town on Friday sees the Cheshire side stay two points above the heavily-contested League One drop zone and the Proact visitors will be desperate for points in their battle for survival.

From the Dugout

First team coach Kevin Lynch was on hand to assess the gruelling win over Yeovil but said that he and his squad already have their sights set on Crewe and the Easter Monday Proact match-up.

"It's going to be another tough game," said Lynch. "There are no easy games in this league. Everyone knows that and anyone can beat anyone on their day, what we've got to do is prepare our lads in the best way.

"We know all about Crewe, we're in a rich vein of form and in good spirits so we'll go into the game on a high, but we won't be taking anything for granted. We'll be looking to do our best and see where it gets us."

The Sky Bet League 1 table may make for exciting Spireites viewing, but Lynch insists that he's not looking at the table and is instead focusing on his players being ready for their next challenge.

He said: "Because of the busy schedule it's hard to look at the table at the current moment. All you've got to do is keep your feet firmly on the ground.

"We've got a massive game on Monday, the lads are so professional, we're all professional and we'll be looking forward to the Monday afternoon game."

If you are unable to pack the Proact yourself on Easter Monday you can still keep track of the action by following minute-by-minute coverage on Twitter, through score updates on Facebook or live full-match commentary on Spireites Player.

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