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Walsall FA Cup Replay Preview

15 December 2015

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Chesterfield travel to the West Midlands for their Walsall replay on Tuesday night with eyes on the prize of reaching the Emirates FA Cup third round.

The two sides lock horns again after the 1-1 Proact draw the Saturday before last knowing that a third round tie away at Championship side Brentford awaits for whoever that comes through the replay. 

The second round tie at Banks's Stadium will to be settled on the night, even if that sees the need for extra time and penalties.

Team News

Lee Novak, who missed the game on Saturday after failing a late fitness test, trained without problem on Monday and is available for selection for tonight's game.

Midfielder Ollie Banks also nursed a knock after the match against Bury, but is fine for Tuesday match, though Chris Herd remains a week or so away from a first team return.

Without a game on Saturday thanks to the weather, star striker Tom Bradshaw is still a doubt having also missed the original playing of the second round tie at the Proact.
Otherwise, the temporary management team of on Jon Whitney, John Ward and Neil Cutler have only the long-term absence of midfielder Isiah Osbourne to contend with on the squad selection front.

Form Guide

Since the last meeting between the teams ten days ago only one of the sides has been in action, the Spireites losing narrowly in the rain at Bury on Saturday. The 1-0 Gigg Lane loss sees the side's winless streak stretch to a six matches.

Walsall travelled to Fleetwood on Saturday, coming away without any points or any minutes played, the match postponed prior to kick-off due to a waterlogged pitch.

The Saddlers will be eager to set up a narrative-filled third round match at Griffin Park where, should they make it, they will come face-to-face with former manager Dean Smith, who left Walsall for the Bees only a fortnight ago.

From the Dugout

In his pre-match press conference Smith said that he feels the pressure is on Walsall ahead of the return match at Banks's Stadium.

"It's another chance for us to get a result," said Smith. "I think the pressure's off to certain extent and it's a game for us to try out a few things as it's not one that affects where we are in the league.

"However, it's a game we want to win - we know what happens in cup ties and the progression you can have in them so the third round is something we want to be looking forward to as well."

With the Spireites earning a win and a draw against tomorrow's opponents this season Smith feels it could just give his side a slight psychological edge.

"It's probably in their thinking in that they haven't beaten us in the last two games," he said. "That could get under their skin a little bit and they've seen us at close quarters.

"They'll know what our strengths and we know what their weaknesses are so it's a case of who will come out on top.

"The game needs sorting out on the night and we're going to go there with a team lacking in confidence but that's an aspect that's growing after the last two games and how we've played in parts."

You can keep up to date with exactly how the Spireites are faring in the Cup with our comprehensive coverage from the Banks's Stadium.

There will be live commentary anywhere in the world on Spireites PlayerHD, minute-by-minute tweets direct from Walsall as well as Facebook and Instagram coverage.

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