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Yeovil Town Preview

2 April 2015

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The Spireites will be hoping for an excellent Friday as they travel to Huish Park, Yeovil, looking for a third straight win to cement their place in the League One play-offs.

They face a Yeovil Town side at the foot of the Sky Bet League 1 table, but the goal-less draw between the sides at the Proact earlier in the season showed that Chesterfield will have to be on top of their game to earn anything from the match.

Team Info

The Spireites squad came through an evening on the testing pitch and with the weather at Bradford City on Tuesday without any fresh injury concerns, goalscorer Byron Harrison leaving the game with cramp after 70 minutes but expected to be ready for Friday.

Fellow striker Armand Gnanduillet was originally set to start at Valley Parade but after feeling a hamstring twinge in the warm-up was rested for the evening. Manager Paul Cook rated the Ivorian's chances of making the match on Friday as "touch-and-go".

The Glovers will welcome three players back who missed the match at Rochdale last weekend on international duty. Joel Grant was missing and in action with Jamaica, while Swansea City loan pair Josh Sheehan and Liam Shepherd were away with the Welsh under-21s. 

Yeovil captain Joe Edwards remains a doubt for the match through injury, but apart from the long term injuries to Simon Gillett and Kevin Dawson the Glovers have a fully-fit squad for the match.

Form Guide

With the play-off race heating up, the Spireites have hit form at the perfect time, back-to-back wins over Walsall and Bradford City catapulting the side into the top six as they look for their first three-match winning sequence of the campaign at Huish Park.

Cook's side sit just a point ahead of Rochdale in seventh spot and will know that any let up in form will quickly open the door to the chasing pack.

For Yeovil the pressure is instead to win to help open the possibility of an unlikely escape from relegation. The Glovers are 11 points adrift of safety in League One's bottom spot and with just seven matches left to play chances of safety are rescinding with every dropped point.

With Terry Skiverton in temporary charge after Gary Johnson left the club, the Glovers have lost three matches in a row and will be looking to galvanise themselves for the fight with a strong Easter weekend.

From the Dugout

Before setting off on the long trip down to Somerset, Cook spoke to Spireites Player about the challenge in store for his team in the West Country.

He said: "I always expect a tough game from every team in the division. Yeovil are fighting for their lives, it's getting to that stage of the season where they need to win games.

"They'll see us tomorrow as a game where they can get three points to keep their season going - we see it as an opportunity to cement our place in the play-offs, so all-in-all it will be a difficult game.

"I think there'll be goals in the game, I think both teams are going to play without fear. We don't feat getting beaten, we get beaten often enough to not fear it, and Yeovil won't fear getting beaten because they've been bottom of the league for a period of time.

"They'll see this game as a last chance so what we must go and make sure is that we are strong defensively and also offer that threat going forwards."

With his side now where they want to be in the league's top six, Cook is gunning for a win but is looking forward to the match with Crewe Alexandra and the rest of the season regardless of Friday's full-time score.

"A draw's probably not a great result for anyone," said Cook. "But if it is a draw then we'll shake hands and move on, we'd then come into the Crewe game on Monday and that's a great game.

"There's a fixture at the end of the season at Bramall Lane and we all look to that game and hope that there's something to play for, if there is - what a good game that will be."

Spireites supporters unable to get to Huish Park can follow the match in a number of ways. The game will have live and full commentary on Spireites Player, there will be live minute-by-minute coverage on the club's Twitter feed as well as score updates on Facebook.

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