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Coventry City Preview

13 March 2015

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Having had an unexpected break the Spireites return to action with the Proact visit of Coventry City - as they aim to continue their play-off push.

The match will see the Sky Blues visit the Spireites for the first time in over half a century, with a large away following expected as Coventry play at the Proact Stadium for the first time.

Team News

Chesterfield come into the game with the luxury of a fully-fit squad, with final injury worry Dan Jones coming through training well this week after the ankle ligament problems he sustained in the win over Fleetwood Town.

However, the hosts will be without influential midfielder Sam Morsy who will miss this match and Tuesday's game with Gillingham through suspension after picking up his tenth booking of the season at MK Dons in the Spireites' last game.

Incoming Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray has a couple of his own injury concerns ahead of the match, with both Aaron Martin and Jim O'Brien coming off injured during Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Bradford City and are unlikely to play at the Proact.

The Sky Blues have also moved late in the week to secure young Tottenham midfielder Grant Ward on loan until the end of the season, and the 20 year-old is eligible to face Chesterfield on Saturday.

Form Guide

With the League One play-off race table tighter than tight the Spireites will be looking to their two home matches in four days and dreaming of winning points to push them even higher than their current tenth place sitting.

Chesterfield snapped a four game losing run in February by rallying to record fine victories over Fleetwood Town and away at MK Dons and have now put themselves back within striking distance of the top six.

After poor results saw the chances of a Coventry relegation rise, manager Steven Pressley paid the price, lost his job and the Sky Blues moved to bring in former West Brom, Celtic and Middlesbrough manager Mowbray.

Mowbray's reign at the club started with a home loss to Port Vale before the midweek draw with the Bantams, and Coventry go into the weekend sitting two points above Leyton Orient in the final relegation place.

From the Dugout

With a rare March weekend free of a Chesterfield fixture, Cook explained what he and his playing squad did without a match to be consumed by. 

"The lads got an extra couple of days off," he said. "The staff weren't that lucky, we were all out getting to games and on Saturday it was good to see the loan lads play.

"We've had a good week training and we're very much looking forward to the game. It's a different place here in the last couple of weeks then it was previously, but that's what results do for you.

"We've got lads playing with confidence at the minute, you just have to look at Ollie Banks for an example."

As a former Sky Blue player himself, Cook remembers the good times he had in the West Midlands and is looking forward to a time when his old side are pushing back up the football pyramid.

"It was massive for me as a young lad to play in the Premier League for Coventry. In those days we were in Highfield Road and we'd regularly fill the ground and it was a great atmosphere playing against all the big teams.

"Coventry are a massive club, they've got great support and I really hope that Tony can pick them up again, it's not good to see clubs like that going through what they're going through.

"Whoever gets Coventry going again will really get them going. I hope it's Tony and he the minute they get going they'll go forwards at a rate of knots and I'll be one of the most pleased people to see that."

Supporters not able to get to the Proact Stadium on Saturday can listen to live commentary from the match on Spireites Player, follow minute-by-minute text coverage on the club's Twitter feed or see score updates on Facebook.

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