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MK Dons FA Cup Replay Preview

1 January 2015

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Chesterfield face an FA Cup groundhog day as they return to Stadium MK for the second round of their second round tie with MK Dons on Friday night.

The original tie in early December was won 1-0 by the travelling Spireites, but after being charged for fielding an ineligible player - defender Georg Margreitter - the FA decreed that the game should be replayed.

As a result, Chesterfield will look to repeat the trick back in Milton Keynes and confirm a third round tie away at Scunthorpe United on the evening of Tuesday, January 6.

Friday's match at Stadium MK will be played to the finish on the night, with extra time and penalties awaiting the sides if neither is able to prove victorious over the initial 90 minutes.

In team news, the Spireites welcome back midfielder Sam Morsy from suspension and he will rejoin a squad that picked up an impressive seven points over the three games of the festive period.

Jimmy Ryan - who started the Christmas bauble rolling with the winner at Gillingham - is touch-and-go for the rematch having suffered a thigh injury in training and missing the last two games, but the Spireites otherwise boast a clean bill of health.

The Dons have announced they will make five changes to the side that played Walsall in their last league match, with George Baldock, Mark Randall, Danny Green, Daniel Powell and striker Benik Afobe all being named in Friday's starting 11 - moves which will see some of the Dons' more established names, such as Dele Alli and Carl Baker, removed from the first team.

Friday's hosts lost their league match with Walsall 3-0 on Sunday, but are in prodigious form, the Spireites the only other side to have beaten the Dons since October, amidst results that have included a 6-0 win over Colchester United and a 7-0 defeat of Oldham Athletic.

Ahead of the match Chesterfield manager Paul Cook stated his intentions to return from Buckinghamshire with another well-deserved cup win.

He said: "It's a professional game and we must concentrate on going down there to win the game. 

"Our supporters are in good form at the minute and that's off the back of what we've done to please them and long may that continue."

Responding to the Dons' first team announcement the Spireites manager said he was taking little for granted and knows that any MK Dons side will be tough to beat.

Cook said "I think anyone that knows MK Dons knows what a good squad they've got and what a formidable team they are - and their league position says that. Whatever team they put out we'll have our hands full.

"We've mixed and matched a bit lately with a few injuries and suspensions and the lads who've come in have been excellent so we've got a couple of headaches ourselves, but those are the headaches you want as a manager.

Reports of the team to be fielded by the Dons boss have included the name of former Spireites midfielder Mark Randall, and Paul Cook is looking forward to renewing acquaintances with former Arsenal youth product.

Cook said: "Mark's a good lad, he's a very good footballer and I'm a great believer that with the correct team around him Mark can be an excellent player.

"He's technically very good and what I would call at the minute a Chesterfield type of player, or now an MK Dons kind of player. 

"He's a good lad as well. We look forward to seeing Mark and I'm sure he'll want to be on the right side of a result from his point of view."

Chesterfield fans can listen to live full match commentary of the FA Cup game on Spireites Player, follow minute-by-minute coverage on Twitter or see score updates on Facebook.


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