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Doncaster Rovers Preview

30 January 2015

The playoff-sitting Spireites face another tough test as they host an in-form Doncaster Rovers at the Proact Stadium.

After a snow laden end to the week, supporters were asked to help out at the stadium to clear the snow from the playing field and give it the best chance to be playable come Saturday afternoon.

If they're successful and the match goes ahead, the afternoon promises to be a great encounter between two sides in good form with eyes rigidly fixed on the League 1 top six.  

Form Guide

Chesterfield's 3-0 midweek win over Crawley Town pushed the Spireites into the playoff positions and they will be gunning for a fifth straight home victory when hosting their South Yorkshire rivals.

However, Saturday's opposition are in ripe form themselves, losing just one of their last eight matches and tightening a leaky defence that saw Paul Dickov's side struggle during the first part of the season.

While Dickov was forced to field speculation about his future before Christmas, Rovers have conceded just five goals in their last eight games and have moved just three points behind the Spireites in the league table. 

Team News

The Spireites remain without Gary Roberts, but have received good news as midfielder Sam Morsy has shaken off his dead leg picked up on Tuesday and looks set to captain the side again.

Striker Armand Gnanduillet looks to have shaken off a knock to be fit, while new signing Byron Harrison will be in the squad for the first time after the striker signed for the club on Tuesday.

Rovers have two new additions to the squad who could be in contention for the match, former Premier League 'keeper Stephen Bywater has played the last three games after arriving at the Keepmoat Stadium following his release from Millwall.

More recently, 19 year-old striker Uche Ikpeazu has signed on loan from Championship side Watford this week and is pushing for a debut in the match. 

The incoming forward has set his stall out from the off, telling the Doncaster Rovers official website that he joined the club to push for promotion during the rest of this season.

From the Dugout

Speaking to Spireites Player ahead of the game, manager Paul Cook was looking forward to the game and knows that his side face a stern task.

He said: "I think when you're on a good run, as they are, the attributes within the club are there for all to see. Paul was at our game on Tuesday night and he will play as he sees fit.

"He knows that we attack. We try and attack and score goals, sometimes naively. Sometimes we leave gaps and Doncaster have players to cause a threat.

"Tomorrow we'll have a great crowd in after the game on Tuesday night. It was important that we got the result to move us above that playoff line, if we keep winning games we'll stay above that line."

Cook insists that his team has what it takes to get to the playoffs come the season's end, and will be doing their all to be part of the post-season party.

"I'll be telling the players, make no bones about it, that we're there to stay," said Cook. "If we don't stay then we've done our best and that's life.

"At this stage of the season everyone's seen everyone else now, there are no surprises left.

"That's the good thing about it, if you're there after 26 games why can't you be there are 46?"

Supporters can listen to the game with live full match commentary on Spireites Player, follow minute-by-minute tweets on the club's Twitter page, or with score updates on Facebook.



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