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Oldham Athletic v Chesterfield Preview

17 April 2015

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Chesterfield will be looking to build on their tremendous 6-0 victory over Colchester United and secure their play-off spot when they travel to Oldham Athletic on Saturday.

The resounding midweek result hoisted the Spireites seven points above the chasing pack in the play-off race and a Chesterfield win coupled with favourable results elsewhere could see the side confirmed for the post-season competition as soon as Saturday evening.

Team News

Spireites manager Paul Cook will be without full-back Drew Talbot who pulled up with a hamstring injury on Tuesday night, however Ian Evatt came through the match unscathed after a rib injury and is fit to start again at Boundary Park.

Dan Jones, who replaced Talbot from the bench against Colchester, is likely to retain his place in the side from the start at Boundary Park.

Oldham come into the match bouyed by the return from injury of George Elokobi and Jacob Mellis. Both were on the bench in the midweek draw with Coventry City and are now available for selection from the start.

However, caretaker manager - and former Spireites player - Dean Holden is unlikely to be able to field key attacker Jonathan Forte who is suffering with a knee injury. Also struggling for fitness are defender Joseph Mills and Bolton Wanderers loanee Luke Woodland.

Form Guide

The 6-0 Colchester win means the Spireites have now won five and drawn one of their last six games, and with four clean sheets among the run of good form Cook's squad head to Oldham at the top of their game - with Cook emphasizing the need for his players to keep their feet on the ground and focused on the final three matches of the campaign.

Oldham's season is now over as a contest, safe from relegation but already out of the play-off picture, and they have gone on a stretch of five matches now without a victory.

The Latics are still fighting however, losing a two-goal lead but drawing with promotion contenders Sheffield United last weekend before impressing but having to settle for another point after conceding a late leveller in a 1-1 draw with Coventry City in midweek. 

From the Dugout

Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the match Cook told Spireites Player how much he was looking forward to the game.

"It's a great game for us," he said. "You've got to respect your opposition, if you turn up and you think you're going to win then you'll end up on the seat of your pants. 

"A lot of people had Oldham down as relegation favourites at the start of the season, Lee [Johnson] and Tommy [Wright] did a fantastic job before moving on. Dean [Holden] has picked up the mantle and done really well."

"We know it's a tough game but it's a game where we'll take our travelling supporters like we do. If we could get over the line for them tomorrow that'd make for a fantastic trip back for everyone."

With the play-offs now in touching distance Cook is just hoping to be part of the post-season with his confident Spireites squad.

"I'm a great believer that the best man should win," he said. "They're all good teams, with good players and good managers. It's exciting times in the leagues - and we're just in there by our shirts tails, just hanging on.

"We're hoping that when the play-offs start and it's a level playing field that we are the one in there with them competing. If we're not it won't be for want of trying."

Supporters not at Boundary Park can still keep up with all the action by listening to live full match commentary on Spireites Player, follow minute-by-minute coverage on the club's Twitter handle, or on the Spireites Wall of this official website.

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