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3 March 2015

The Spireites make their third trip of the season to MK Dons on Tuesday, with the visitors hoping to complete a hat-trick of Stadium MK wins.

Chesterfield scored a deserved 1-0 win over the Dons in the FA Cup second round in December, before repeating the scoreline when ordered to replay the match after fielding an ineligible player.

After the return to form in the 3-0 win over Fleetwood Town at the Proact on Saturday, Spireites tails will once more be up for the trip to Buckinghamshire.

Team News

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook confirmed that on-loan Sheffield Wednesday striker will retain his place in the starting 11 after his goal against Fleetwood Town on Saturday, while Gary Roberts continues to work towards full match fitness having played 75 minutes at the weekend.

Left back Dan Jones will miss out after limping off after ten minutes against Fleetwood with an ankle ligament injury. However, the injury is not as bad as first feared and the Spireites number three is hoping to return for the visit of Coventry City on Saturday, March 14.

Manwhile the Spireites' Monday flurry of loan activity will mean Armand Gnanduillet will spend the rest of the campaign away at Oxford United in League Two, Mark Duffy has left the club to return to Birmingham City, but defender Ashley Carter remains in contetion for the Chesterfield squad after extending his stay from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

For Karl Robinson's men, on-loan striker Devante Cole will be looking to make his second start for the club after arriving from Manchester City, and there could be places in the squad for fellow loan arrivals Lewis Baker and Joe Walsh, who have arrived from Chelsea an Crawley Town respectively.

However, Benik Afobe is no longer able to score the Dons' winner as he did at the Proact in August. The striker returned to parent club Arsenal in January before moving to Wolverhampton Wanderers on a permanent basis.

Form Guide

Chesterfield arrested their four-game losing run with the assured win over Fleetwood Town on Saturday, and the confidence was noticeably back among the Spireites players during the performance.

Despite the two Stadium MK wins for the Spireites, they've not had it all their own way against the Dons this season, losing 1-0 in the league match between the sides at the Proact Stadium.

MK have spent the entirety of the campaign fighting for promotion, but their automatic hopes have suffered setbacks in recent weeks, their loss at Coventry City on Saturday their third defeat in their last five games.

Despite recent results, the Dons still sit second in the table, level on points with Preston North End, and have 13 games remaining to ensure they hold onto their top-two spot.

From the Dugout

Having twice emerged with wins from MK Dons this season, Cook thinks Tuesday's opposition will be expecting a further stern test from the visiting Spireites.

He said "I like to think it matters to the MK Dons players because they know they're going to get a tough game. We've had two very good games down there so they'll respect us.

"Karl's done an amazing job down there because what happens when you keep selling players and then bringing new ones in is that you have to get going again.

"In my opinion Swindon and MK Dons are the top footballing teams. If you look at the stats from their game at Coventry at the weekend, they kicked in but the problem was that Coventry dug in.

"What Karl will know about tomorrow is that we'll come and have go. We'll have a right good game with them and whatever the result is we'll shake hands."

With the MK Dons sitting second in the Sky Bet League 1 table, Cook knows just how tough a task his side have if they're to record a Stadium MK hat-trick on Tuesday night.

"Karl's brought his team up very well," said Cook "They've overcome adversity - you only have to look at the cup result with Manchester United. They've had good runs, they've got good players in the team and Karl seems to do very well in the loan market.

"They're a very strong team. We've done great down there twice this year, they've been really good wins for us because we have respect for them and the quality they have in their team.

"It's a massive challenge for us to go there and win three times. They've got good players and they don't want us coming down there and winning again."

Spireites unable to get to Stadium MK on Tuesday can listen to the game via full match live commentary on Spireites Player, by following minute-by-minute updates from the club's Twitter account, or by checking score updates on Facebook.

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