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Oldham Athletic Preview

13 November 2015

The Spireites return to League One action on Saturday hoping to continue their strong recent run of form against Oldham Athletic.

Chesterfield's 4-1 Monday FA Cup win stretched their recent run to four wins from their last five games, but with three of the four games being away from home the task is now to reproduce the strong away form in front of the home fans.

Team News

The hosts have no new injury concerns ahead of the game and Dan Gardner will be back in the fold after being rested for Monday's Cup clash at FC United of Manchester with a sore neck.

Midfield duo Chris Herd and Sam Morsy were substituted early on Monday to avoid the pair picking up further yellow cards and are also both fully fit to face the Latics.

Oldham captain Liam Kelly returns from suspension and Jay Fulton - on loan from Swansea City - is also back in contention for the squad, while defender James Wilson is touch-and-go after missing the Latics' FA Cup match at Mansfield Town last weekend.

Mike Jones and Jake Cassidy are both coming back from injury for Saturday's visitors for but won't be ready in time for the Proact Visit. 

Form Guide

Chesterfield have not only found a rich vein of form but also reduced their concession of goals in recent weeks. With the ten-men defeat to Scunthorpe aside, Saunders's men have let in just two goals in their last four games.

Oldham have only won one of their last ten games, but with only two losses in the same sequence the Latics' start to the season has been characterised by stubborn draws.

Incoming player boss David Dunn has yet to lose an away game in charge and his won away at Swindon Town late in October before successive draws away at Rochdale and Mansfield.

From the Dugout

Speaking to PlayerHD ahead of the encounter, manager Saunders pinpointed the way his side can maximise their chances of home success on Saturday.

"We're aware of them and what they're going to try and do to us and what they're good at - and we're also aware of their weaknesses. We've talked about them all week during practice.

"The secret on Saturday is not to shoot yourself in the foot and not to give them anything. If they're going to beat us it's got to be a great goal, some good luck for them or the referee gives them something. Then the worst that can happen is a 0-0 draw."

Saunders has worked with opposition manager Dunn before, and knows the quality the 35-year-old will bring to the role.

"I was his coach at Blackburn," he said. "He loves his football, he's a great character and he'll have the players smiling and it looks like he's already done that.

"It's tough for him to make the transition into management but you can't turn that kind of job down if you get offered it. 

"He obviously feels that his playing career is coming to an end and you won't get a better opportunity than managing Oldham, it's a big club in our league, they've got some good players and he's got a good team to work with."

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