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16 January 2015

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On the back of Tuesday night’s FA Cup success against Scunthorpe United the Spireites will be the visitors at the County Ground this weekend as they take on top-of-the-table Swindon Town.

The Robins were the victors the last time the two sides met, winning 3-0 at the Proact Stadium at the end of October, but both sides have encountered good fortunes since.

Swindon’s run of eight wins in ten league games has taken them to the top of the League 1 table following their 3-0 victory against Coventry City on Monday night.

However, Chesterfield have lost just once since that game in October, with the Spireites’ FA Cup run coming alongside a strong set of results in the league to take them to within a point of the play-off places.

Key to both clubs' form has been the goals of their top scorers, with the two sides boasting the leading marksmen in League 1. Spireites striker Eoin Doyle leads the coring charts with 18 goals and Swindon’s Andy Williams is just one behind having netted twice in the week.

As far as team news is concerned the Spireites are monitoring the fitness of midfielder Jimmy Ryan whose recent groin problem has been limiting his playing time, while forward Gary Roberts is also being monitored after the midfielder picked up a small knock to his ankle.

Both players should be in contention alongside loan signing Mani Dieseruvwe, with the striker returning for selection after midweek cup ineligibility.

The Robins will still be without Massimo Luongo and Yaser Kasim who are away on international duty at the Asia Cup, but the pair’s absence has yet to halt the club’s good run.

A cagey game might be expected with the last five encounters at the County Ground ending in 1-0 score lines, four of which have gone in Swindon’s favour.

However, Spireites boss Paul Cook is expecting the game to play out with a different story and is intent on setting up his side differently.

“It’ll be a challenge for us Saturday but I’m sure Mark [Cooper] knows us a little bit as well,” he said. “I know a lot of teams have gone and got men behind the ball but that won’t be happening with us.

“We’ll go and engage Swindon in a good football match and I hope on Saturday night at five o’ clock people are leaving the ground saying what a great game that was.”

Reflecting on the sides’ last meeting Cook acknowledges his team were second best but is determined to put things right this time round.

The manager said: “I hold my hands up Swindon were better than us on the night, I’ve got no excuses. We’ve looked forward to playing them again - I feel we can be better in the game than we were that night.

“I feel we can add qualities to what we can do on the pitch that we didn’t do that night in terms of out of possession of the ball.

“It’s great for me as a manager now as we’ve been preparing for Swindon since Tuesday night, it’s a game I’m very very much looking forward to. It’s a game that I think will be a good game, but we must pay Swindon a massive compliment because they’re a very good side.

“We’re going to attack. We’ll go down and have a go at them and try and create chances and score. If you defend deep and let Swindon have the ball you’ll end up getting beaten.”

Supporters can follow all the action from the Spireites' trip to Wiltshire. Live full match commentary can be listened to on Spireites Player, minute-by-minute coverage will be provided on Twitter, and score updates will be posted on Facebook.

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