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Rochdale Johnstone's Paint Trophy Preview

6 October 2015

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Having received a first round bye, Chesterfield enter the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Rochdale on Tuesday night, with hopes to get back to Wembley for a third time in just four years.

Fans are reminded that the match kicks-off at 7pm, with tickets - priced at £10 and £5 - available on the turnstile at Spotland.

There will be no extra time and the match will go straight to a penalty shoot-out if no winner can be decided over the initial 90 minutes. 

Another JPT rule is that each side will only name five substitutes for the match.

Team News

Spireites captain Sam Morsy will definitely miss out at Spotland after picking up his fifth booking of the season and a suspension in Saturday's 2-1 win over Crewe Alexandra.

With full debutants Mani Dieseruvwe and Rai Simons impressing from the start at Gresty Road, the pair are likely to keep their places in the starting line-up at Rochdale, with Chesterfield assistant manager Brian Carey stressing that his team are taking the competition seriously and have hopes of winning the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Wembley come the spring.

Talismanic Dale striker Ian Henderson won't feature for Tuesday night's hosts after pulling out of Saturday's match with Bradford City with an injury. The former Colchester United man will be a big miss for Rochdale, not least as he scored the only goal of the game in last season's Spotland meeting with the Spireites.

Form Guide

Chesterfield put a sluggish September behind them with their weekend win in Cheshire, and enter the cup competition three points above the relegation line and three below the play-offs, the final spot being in the possession of Tuesday's opponents Rochdale.

Dale - who also received a JPT first round bye - are in flip-flop form, alternating between wins and losses in the last five fixtures: the most recent of which being the 3-1 home defeat to the Bantams on Saturday. 

One consolation in the game being the continued goalscoring form of Peter Vincenti, who scored his sixth goal in his last seven games during the match.

It remains to be seen what sort of a side and what sort of seriousness Rochdale have for an extended JPT run, and Keith Hill's men have a tough trip to Bramall Lane back in Sky Bet League 1 come Saturday.

From the Dugout

Speaking in the pre-match press conference 2005 JPT winner Carey gave his views on the importance of the cup fixture for his squad and the club.

He said: "It's really serious for us and we want to win it again for lots of reasons. We want to continue the momentum from the weekend and I think the club here has had some great days out in recent times.

"I've been part of it myself at Wrexham and it does galvanise the club and bring everyone together. It's probably the case that a lot of clubs will get through the first couple of rounds and then start to take notice a bit more.

"It's a cup competition, we're in it and we want to win it.

"We'll be going to Rochdale and putting out a team that's capable of beating them. We're not going to look beyond Rochdale into the next rounds and we know it will be a difficult game but it's a great opportunity to continue on with the momentum we started on Saturday."

On the topic of whether there will be changes made to Saturday's winning team, Carey stated that whatever team is put out the Spireites players on show will have the ability to come back to Derbyshire with a win.

"We've prepared as if it's a league game and there may be one or two changes," he said. "But there are players here in the squad that are more than capable of going in and doing a job."

The match will have the usual full coverage across the club's official media platforms, with live match commentary on Spireites PlayerHD, minute-by-minute Twitter coverage and updates on Facebook.


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