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Leyton Orient Preview

13 February 2015

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Chesterfield will be trying to put the hard task of Tuesday night to one side as they welcome bottom side Leyton Orient to the Proact Stadium on Saturday.

After an early Sam Hird red card, the Spireites were forced to play near 90 midweek minutes with ten men, going down to a Joe Garner-inspired Preston North End and dropping out of the play-off spots in the process.

Team News

The Spireites were dealt a late blow during Friday training as Sam Clucas picked up a knock that puts his involvement in Saturday's game in doubt, and he continues to be looked at by the club's medical staff.

Meanwhile, Armand Gnanduillet - who missed the match on Tuesday with an ankle injury - remains a doubt and will face a late fitness test to assess his availability for the Orient clash.

Defender Hird misses the game with his one game suspension and manager Paul Cook has confirmed that Charlie Raglan will come into the side in his place.

Forward Gary Roberts is now starting to stretch his legs in full training, but Saturday's match comes too soon for a first team return.

In opposition, Orient winger Dean Cox has a chance of making a rejoining the starting 11, after missing the midweek Notts County match through illness.

Adam Legzdins, Jay Simpson and Lloyd James remain on the sidelines for the O's, but Marvin Bartley and the experienced Jobi McAnuff have returned from injury and were fit enough for the substitutes' bench on Tuesday. 

Form Guide

The early days of August saw the Spireites travel to pre-season promotion hopefuls Orient on the first day of the season, and Romy Boco and Eoin Doyle scored to get Chesterfield's start to life back in the third tier off to a flyer.

Since then Orient have invited and dismissed multiple managers, with the latest incumbent, former Italy international Fabio Liverani, losing six of his first nine games to drop to the foot of the table.

The O's were just a penalty shoot-out away from promotion to the Championship just nine months ago, but the 1-0 midweek home defeat to Notts County - their third successive loss - has left them six points adrift of the league safety line.

From the Dugout

Speaking ahead of the game, Cook told Spireites Player that Orient's lowly league position won't have any effect on the way his squad ready themselves for the encounter.

"Every game's the same," said Cook. "You prepare the same and you must show every opponent you face the respect they deserve.

"Orient's league position will give people a false sense of security, but Orient's squad list will soon put you on the back foot.

"They've got a lot of good players, so anyone who turns up tomorrow and expects us to just roll them over might find themselves hugely mistaken, it's going to be a very tough game."

In late January, the Spireites played and beat then bottom team Crawley Town at the Proact, and Cook says playing the low-ranked sides doesn't bring any further tension to his group.

"There's no extra pressure on us," explained Cook. "Pressure is something you put on yourself, before the season we might have thought that getting above 50 points would be a good year. Fingers crossed we'll get past that soon, but that doesn't mean we'll not mind losing the rest of the games.

"In the end you must try your best to obtain as many points as you can, that's what the season's all about. Everyone has highs and lows and decisions that go for you and against you.

"I'm a great believer that at the end of the season the league table doesn't tell any lies. This year we've had a good start and then dropped away to 14th at one time, but the lads have managed to pick that up and go again."

Saturday's match can be listened to via live full match commentary on Spireites Player, by following minute-by-minute coverage on Twitter, or with score updates on Facebook.

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