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Scunthorpe United FA Cup Preview

6 January 2015

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After winning not one but two second round ties at MK Dons the Spireites’ reward is a trip to Glanford Park to face an in-form Scunthorpe United side in the FA Cup third round.

After last night's FA Cup draw the two teams know that the winner will face Derby County at the iPro Stadium in the fourth round if they are able to prevail in this tie.

The Spireites will be doing their utmost to make sure they set up a Derbyshire derby in a match to really whet the appetite and will be backed tonight by a large travelling support.

Tonight's match will be the first time that the two clubs have faced each other since the Iron appointed Mark Robins as their manager in October. 

Under Robins' stewardship, the Lincolnshire club has seen an upturn in form and have tasted defeat only once in their last 13 games and will be looking to extend that streak against Chesterfield and put together a cup run.

In team news, manager Paul Cook has close to a full squad to work with as Ollie Banks is available for the tie after having to sit out the game at MK Dons due to the fact that he was unavailable for the original match.

The two injury absentees for the Spireites are Jimmy Ryan and captain Ian Evatt. Midfielder Ryan has a thigh problem, picked up on Christmas Eve in training, and is pencilled in to return for the league visit of Port Vale on Saturday, while Evatt is hoping to be back the week after for the trip to Swindon Town.

Scunthorpe will be without a number of players after having had a series of loans come to an end including Richard Brindley, Bobby Olejnik, Shaun Brisley and Luke Williams. Meanwhile Rory Fallon has left after his contract expired but Luke Waterfall has returned from his loan spell at Mansfield Town and could feature in Tuesday night's match.

Ahead of the game, Cook talked about his expectations for the FA Cup match and the level of support his side has had in recent times.

He said: “The support doesn’t surprise me. I think as a manager you’ve got to show your supporters respect. The first sign of a manager losing his job is losing the supporters so a lot of managers will say things just to make supporters feel good but our support doesn’t surprise me. 

"I’ve been here for two and a half years now and we’ve had massive support at grounds where you wouldn’t expect it, so the supporters that know me know that I’ve got that respect for them. 

"If we come out against Scunthorpe would it surprise me if we have more fans than Scunthorpe? No.”

Cook also spoke of the re-emergence of Romy Boco, who arrived at Chesterfield in the summer and has impressed the coaches and supporters alike with his work ethic.

The manager said: “When you look at Boco you understand why people like him become fan favourites when they play football. 

"It’s just so obvious to see - it’s not just that he’s a likeable lad, he’s such a hard working lad as well. 

"I said to him on Friday night, after the game at MK Dons, "If you want to stay in the team you’re going to have to work a bit harder!" He covers every blade of grass, he’s a fantastic lad around the dressing room and he’s not only a hard working player he’s also got a bit of quality and a bit of class – like Ritchie Humphreys in the middle of the park – it shows you that these lads can come in out of the cold.

“This is for other people to build up. I prefer to talk about how strong our group is. Jay O’Shea, Dan Gardner, Ollie Banks. These lads who are on the fringes of it. It’s not just about the eleven players on the pitch, it’s about all the players at the club.”

Supporters can listen to live full-match commentary on Spireites Player this evening, as well as following minute-by-minute coverage on Twitter and score updates on Facebook.

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