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Swindon Town Preview

27 November 2015

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The Spireites look to pick themselves up after a tough week as they have the opportunity to improve their home record against Swindon Town.

Away losses to Port Vale and Doncaster Rovers have knocked what had been forward momentum and the challenge now is to pick up points against a team below them in the table.

Team News

The Spireites have no injuries or suspensions to worry about, however manager Dean Saunders intimated in his pre-match press conference that with tired legs and issue there could be changes ahead of his side's third game in eight days.

Defender Rapha Branco is suspended for Swindon, an enforced absence that could see manager Martin Ling change his system for the Proact visit, while on-loan Liverpool midfielder Kevin Stewart is closing in on a return but won't make it for the game.

With Football League rules stating only five on-loan players can be in a matchday squad, Robins boss Martin Ling will have to leave out at least one of his six fit loanees, with Wes Thomas the man who missed out on Tuesday night.

Form Guide

Chesterfield's recent form has dipped in line with the temperatures, and three consecutive losses see the Spireites face their last clash of November in fifteenth place in Sky Bet League 1.

Swindon sit four points and five places below their Saturday hosts, out of the relegation zone on goal difference after Tuesday night's last-gasp 2-1 home win over Walsall.

After a sluggish start to the campaign Martin Ling was brought in at the County Ground, and the midweek success means he has guided the Robins to two wins and two draws during his short reign at the club.

Ling's time in charge has seen the Robins win their two home games and lose their two away games.

From the Dugout

Saunders reported on his side's weekend opponents, and knows that the footballing approach of Swindon will remain despite the recent change at the helm.

"They play total football," explained the manager. "They pass the ball around and they've tried to do it with their key players missing, which has cost them for obvious reasons.

"The club philosophy hasn't changed, Martin Ling's gone in and they're a good team if you let them play. We've got to make sure we stop them playing.

"We've just to go out with total belief, work hard and do the basics right."

The manager also talked through the demands that have been put on his players this week and how they monitor the squad ahead of games.

"This will be our third game in a week, I maybe would have changed it for this game even if we had won on Tuesday. Some players are tired and one more game can get them injured.

"We've got the GPS, we've got the technology, we have to look at who's done what and spot who might get injured before it happens.

"All the supporters who watch the games pick their own teams. Sometimes they're right, sometimes they're wrong. It's the same for me and I'm the man who has to do it."

"We'll have good runs and bad runs. When you have a bad one you try and keep it as short as you can, get a result and then start a good one again."

Don't miss a kick from the Proact on Saturday, even if you aren't able to come along. Live commentary will be on PlayerHD, there'll be minute-by-minute coverage on Twitter as well as updates and photos on Facebook and Instagram.

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