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Fleetwood Town Preview

27 February 2015

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Chesterfield welcome Fleetwood Town to the Proact Stadium on Saturday, an opponent who have been at the scene of happy recent Spireites memories.

A year and ten day's before this weekend's meeting Fleetwood Town grabbed a 1-0 win at the Proact on a night that was decidedly Chesterfield - the hosts clinching their place in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final at Wembley with a 3-2 aggregate victory.

Then later, in May of last year, a packed Proact cheered the Spireites to the League Two title when Sam Hird and Gary Roberts brought their side from behind to claim a famous 2-1 victory.

With Fleetwood soon joining Chesterfield on the League One fixture list after their play-off success, the two promoted sides have adapted to third tier life well, both with hopes of a late surge for a top six finish.

Team Info

Manager Paul Cook has close to a full and fit squad to choose from, with only the soon to return Dan Gardner confirmed to be missing the match through injury.

Left back Dan Jones has recovered from illness to be available for selection, while central defender Ian Evatt has been ruled fit after suffering concussion in the home match with Leyton Orient.

Further up the field Gary Roberts came through the match at Rochdale without problems and is in the frame to start at the Proact on Saturday.

Fleetwood will visit North Derbyshire without full back Stephen Crainey, out suspended after receiving a red card in the match with Notts County last weekend.

The Cod Army will also be missing defender Danny Andrew and striker Jamille Matt due to injury.

Form Guide

Home fans on Saturday will need no reminders that the side has suffered a February downturn in form, losing their last four matches, but sit just two points below their afternoon opposition.

Fleetwood find themselves in form best described as unpredictable. The Lancashire side has recently recorded wins against play-off outsiders Barnsley and Notts County, while also losing to the improving Crewe Alexandra.

After last week's Highbury win, the Cod Army will be aiming to secure back-to-back victories for the first time this season at the Proact Stadium.

Saturday's visitors now sit just a point off the play-off positions, but with so many teams vying for the lower play-off positions the final dozen or so matches of the season are sure to be particularly exciting.

From the Dugout

Cook spoke to Spireites Player before the match, and faced up to his feelings about his side's recent form.

He said: "The disappointing thing about the losses at Rochdale and Scunthorpe is that over the last two years we've not lost those kind of games.

"My target is for us to be a successful club; successful clubs win games. How do you win games? With good players. What you've got when good players lose games - they don't become bad players.

"What I need to do - just like everyone else at the club - is to work out what is the problem, and how to fix it."

However, in such a tight and competitive league Cook knows that everything is far from lost and urged the home fans to help inspire the Spireites back to winning ways.

"The consistency in this league is the inconsistency," said Cook. "We played well at Fleetwood away and I was getting criticism because we couldn't score and Eoin Doyle missed about 15 chances.

"We all want to be successful, and it's tough. Football's a really tough industry, there's only so many successful teams and the margins in our league between success and failure are very slim and confidence is a massive thing.

"We've got to make our players feel that tomorrow, so let's get behind them and give the sort of atmosphere that we can get."

Fans unable to get to the Proact tomorrow can listen to live commentary on Spireites Player, follow minute-by-minute coverage on the club's Twitter feed, or see score updates on Facebook.

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