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Opposition Eye: Walsall FA Cup Replay

14 December 2015

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Chesterfield are back in FA Cup action tomorrow as they take on Walsall at the Banks’s Stadium for the second round replay and the chance to play at Brentford.

The Spireites have already played Walsall twice this season and caretaker manager Mark Smith’s side drew 1-1 with Walsall in the initial FA Cup game ten days ago, captain Sam Morsy earned them a replay after grabbing an equaliser in injury time. 

The winners of tomorrow’s game will face a tricky away tie against Championship side Brentford who are currently tenth in the league above tomorrow's opponents. 

Saddlers coach Neil Cutler says it will be a difficult game but that his players will want to face their recently-departed manager Dean Smith in the next round. 

He said: “We’ve got a big game against Chesterfield and we know it’s going to be tough but the boys have got a massive incentive to win the game. 

“From a personal point of view, it’d be great for myself, Jon Whitney and John Ward to pit our wits against the gaffer who we’ve learned so much from over the past two or three years.” 

Cutler is expecting the conditions to be better than in the previous game, when Storm Desmond caused havoc at the Proact. 

“It’ll be a totally different game and the conditions will be better. Hopefully we’ll be able to play the way we can play rather than deal with those conditions. I think it’ll be far better in this game.” 

Elsewhere in the squad, Saddlers winger Anthony Forde is expecting tomorrow to be a nervy affair: “They are a decent team and it’ll be a tough game again. 

“A 1-1 draw was a fair result last time but they beat us at the Banks’s earlier in the season in a game we probably should have won."

Forde is eager to be reunited with former boss Smith: “We really want to get through because Brentford away in the next round could be a really good game.

“The circumstances because of the old gaffer and Richard O’Kelly going to Brentford makes it a bit more special. It would be weird and I think everybody would like it to happen.” 

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