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Fleetwood Town Preview

30 October 2015

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Chesterfield return to the familiar haunt of Highbury as they take on Fleetwood Town in Sky Bet League 1 on Saturday afternoon.

The two sides have regularly locked horns in league and cup over recent seasons, and face off again this weekend with both clubs under new management since their last meeting.

Team News

Suspended Dan Jones misses out after his red card last Saturday, with striker Byron Harrison closing in on fitness but still not ready for selection after a knee injury.

The Spireites welcome back Ian Evatt from suspension with the central defensive numbers doubling from two to four since last Saturday with Richard Wood also available after his loan arrival from Rotherham United on Monday.

As fate would have it, Wood played for the Cod Army last Saturday as they beat Barnsley, and returns to Highbury after a six-game loan stint with the Lancashire side hoping to make his Spireites debut.

Fleetwood manager Steven Pressley can call on Dionatan Teixeira again after the centre-back extended his loan stay from Stoke City.

However, there will be no Jimmy Ryan reunion as the former Spireites favourite picked up a late booking at Oakwell - his fifth of the season - and is suspended for the visit of his former side.

Form Guide

Last Saturday's match with Scunthorpe United was changed in a moment when Dan Jones saw red in giving away a penalty ten minutes into the second half, leading to a 3-0 defeat and ending a two-game winning week.

The Spireites will be looking to continue their strong away record this season in the encounter, with four wins gained from seven trips, the latest of which was a fine win at then top-of-the-table Walsall.

A run of seven games without a win cost Graham Alexander his job earlier this month, and since Pressley's arrival Town have flip-flopped between wins and losses in five matches, winning the new manager's two home games in charge as well as the 1-0 victory at Barnsley last time out.

From the Dugout 

Ahead of the match at on the Lancashire coast, Saunders told PlayerHD what he expects from Fleetwood and their new manager Pressley.

"He'll try and get them organized," Saunders explained. "He's obviously a good manager and he did well at Coventry with no money so I'm expecting a tough game off them and I expect him to get them winning.

"It's going to be tough but we've been doing well away from home, we've won four games and if we could win five we'd probably be the top points scorers away from home in the league.

"We analyse the opposition and we look at their weak points, their strengths and then tactically come up with a way of playing that hurts them.

Saunders also gave further details of his new loan signing Wood, why he brought him to the Proact and what he'll bring to the squad.

"Richard's an experienced defender's who's played 200 games in the Championship," he said. "I know him from my time at Crawley. He's a man, he talks and he'll help the younger players.

"We have been short in that position. Ian Evatt got suspended last week and if anything happens to Charlie Raglan, Sam Hird or Ian then we're in trouble."

As ever, there are a multitude of ways to keep up with the Spireites' match this weekend. They include:

- Live commentary on Spireites PlayerHD with Peak FM's Pete Farries
- Minute-by-minute coverage on the club's Twitter feed
- Score updates on Facebook
- Images on Instagram throughout the afternoon
- Comprehensive reports and post-match content over the weekend 



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