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23 January 2015

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The waiting is nearly over, Chesterfield travel to Derby County in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday in a Derbyshire derby.

The tie represents the first time the Spireites have reached the fourth round since 1997 and well in excess of 5,000 away fans will fill the iPro Stadium's sold-out away end.

Team News

The Spireites will be missing talismanic forward Gary Roberts for the cup clash, after the 30 year-old suffered a hamstring strain in last weekend's defeat at Swindon's County Ground. The injury is likely to keep the forward out for six weeks.
However, midfielder Jimmy Ryan is coping well with his groin injury picked up over Christmas, captain Ian Evatt continues to push for a first team recall and the Spireites otherwise have a near clean bill of health.
There has been much speculation about the strength of the Derby team to be fielded on Saturday, but Rams boss Steve McClaren has ruled out making wholesale changes for the Spireites' visit.
The Rams made nine changes to their side to squeeze past Southport 1-0 at the iPro in round three and are unlikely to do the same in this round, though McClaren is likely to have three new signings - Darren Bent, Stephan Warnock and Raul Albentosa - available for the match. 
Form Guide

Chesterfield will make the short trip south through Derbyshire having lost just twice in their last 15 competitive fixtures, a run which stretches back to the beginning of November. 

Last weekend’s defeat at Swindon Town was the first since mid-December for the Spireites, and tomorrow's visitors bounced back from that setback with a 3-2 win at Gillingham.

The Rams will be hoping to bounce back from the disappointment of their own poor result last Saturday, when a late Ben Osborn winner meant that County were undone by bitter rivals Nottingham Forest in a 2-1 defeat.

Despite the result, Derby are in good form, winning four straight games before the Forest reverse and they currently sit fourth in the Sky Bet Championship table.

From the Dugout
Ahead of the game, Cook spoke to Spireites Player about the FA Cup tie and what it means to him.

"I think it's special," said Cook. "Certainly it's a game everyone's looking forward to and it speaks for itself in terms of the opposition, the tradition of Derby County as a club and their stature in the game.

"By looking at all the tickets sold in our end shows the importance of the game to our supporters.

"I'm sure it will end up being a really good game. You've got two teams wanting to play good football, there's a bit of rivalry in there obviously - more form our end than theirs - but they're a very strong team and everybody knows that."

The Spireites will be underdogs playing away at a strong team from the division above, and Cook is under no illusions as to the size of the challenge that awaits.

"I think it's important that we focus on how we want to play," explained Cook. "It's important that by the time we've come off the pitch we've acquitted ourselves well in the game and caused Derby as many problems as we could cause them.

"The good thing about playing a team like Derby is that you know how good they are and you don't need to build people up to play them.

"We know we must go there tomorrow and play really well. We want our supporters to go home after the game proud of how the team's played and how they've represented them as a town and as a community.

"It's a great game, one we're all very much looking forward to and I think Derby will be looking forward to it as well."
Spireites supporters can follow every kick of the FA Cup fourth round tie with live full match commentary on Spireites Player, by following minute-by-minute coverage on Twitter @chesterfieldfc and with score updates on Facebook.

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